Addiction is a “Disease of Isolation.” It’s true, whether it’s substance, behavioral, or codependent control abuse issues, some form of isolation is involved.
However, rather than isolate from healthy communication during the COVID-19 stay-at-home guidelines, Life Recovery@North Creek 12-Step support group has been holding weekly 7:00 PM Monday evening meetings via Zoom. Response and honest sharing have been encouraging.
In fact, several of us also attend a Thursday casual conversation session at 3:00 PM on Zoom.com. All are welcome to join. During this get-together, we share how we’re handling this unprecedented time of our lives as we focus on trying to Let Go and Let God. While adhering to the confidential protocol of all 12-Step programs, we are free to vent our frustration and fear. Most importantly, we share our Experience, Strength, Hope, and the wisdom we have learned from Step One, Two, and Three.
Step 1. We admitted that we were powerless over our problems and that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step 2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step 3. We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.
Thankfully, walking side-by-side with our Higher Power is one social distancing mandate we will never have to practice. Conscious contact with a loving Father God is the one way we can prevent emotional and spiritual isolation and depression that often leads to relapse. In order to remain healthy, please be patient with yourself and take it one day at a time.
“If you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re gonna set yourself back,” Fauci said. “So as painful as it is to go by the careful guidelines of gradually phasing into a reopening, it’s going to backfire. That’s the problem.” Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., NIAID Director. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/20/fauci-coronavirus-covid-19-stay-home