Under normal circumstances, staying sober is challenging. Now, with the social distancing guidelines and other restrictions in place due to coronavirus, things are further complicated. Staying sober during coronavirus means that it is more challenging to access recovery meetings and other support. Lucida Treatment Center is here to help you with ways you can stay sober despite a global pandemic. Maintaining Sobriety During a Pandemic No matter where you are on during your path to recovery, be it during the early stages or years into the process, having support is critical. Staying sober during coronavirus is not impossible, but it does require some forward thought and creativity since you may not have access to our residential addiction treatment center. It is essential to take these steps not only to protect your health and well-being but that of those around you as well. Staying sober during coronavirus means being proactive regarding what you are doing, when you are doing it, and who you are maintaining contact with daily. Here are some tips for maintaining sobriety during a pandemic: Devise a plan for maintaining connections Your support system is extremely important to\u00a0your sobriety. That means you must take steps toward creating a schedule for when it is best to check-in with your sponsor. Then, add to that schedule when you should connect with family, friends, and your recovery coach. Share this schedule with everyone who you want to maintain a connection with. That way, they can help make sure you remain accountable. Put the Internet to work Due to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidelines, many recovery programs are now available online. Even though face-to-face meetings are not available right now, that does not mean it is impossible to attend. Instead, take advantage of free meeting options available on the Internet. You can use your home computer, smartphone, or tablet to access the following virtual meetings: \tIn the rooms global recovery community \tOnline intergroup of alcoholics anonymous \tRecovery dharma online \tSecular AA meetings \tThe token shop online AA meetings \tVirtual NA If you have a Facebook account, you can also access the Henry Ford Maplegrove Center Recovery Support Group. This Facebook group is offering sobriety support to anyone who is in recovery. Additionally, take advantage of our non-12 step recovery program\u00a0at Lucida Treatment Center. Keep Yourself Busy You must stay busy to prevent relapsing, even when you are on mandatory lockdown or self-isolating. When those who are in recovery face boredom and isolation, that could lead to relapsing. Filling your days with activities is one of the best ways of combating this issue. Here are some ideas: \tCreate and maintain an online blog or journal \tKeep in touch with family and friends using video chat platforms \tListen to live concerts available online \tPlay board games or video games daily \tRead books and magazines daily \tStart a new hobby \tWatch movies or television shows \tWork on a puzzle The Importance of Setting Boundaries Staying sober during coronavirus also involves setting boundaries with friends, family, and roommates with whom you are living. As the days pass, it is not uncommon for people to feel irritated with those who are living around them. These feelings are inevitable. However, it is possible to set boundaries to maintain your sobriety and sanity throughout this pandemic. If you have roommates who are not in recovery, that might mean you are living with someone who drinks. If you find that you are in this situation, have a discussion with your roommate regarding your concerns. That might mean asking them not to drink around you. In doing so, they are supporting your recovery and helping to prevent a relapse. Contact Lucida Treatment Center As challenging as it sounds, staying sober during coronavirus is possible. If you feel like you are having difficulty with this process, contact Lucida Treatment Center at to learn more about resources available to you such as our individual therapy program, our group therapy program, and our family therapy program. No one should have to endure these challenges without support, so now is the time to reach out.