For many people, recovery from alcohol or substance use can be a lifelong process, no matter how many days, weeks, months or years sober they are. Now, along with all of the other changes and struggles that people are facing, they’re having to find new ways to stay sober without being able to see other people in person.
“For people who struggle with sobriety and find group support essential, the ban on in-person gatherings could be a huge setback to their recovery,” says Michael Chesek, Supervisor of Inpatient Clinical Services for Centerstone’s Behavioral Hospital and Addiction Center. “Unless we do some serious outreach and work with our clients, our friends and our family members, it’s very possible that we’ll see a tragic increase in overdoses, reversing the declines we’d been seeing recently. This is something we all need to be aware of and work to prevent.”
Here are some things people can do to help maintain sobriety:
Through this crisis, Centerstone remains fully operational and continuing to serve our clients and communities. As always, the health and well-being of our clients, staff and community stakeholders is our main priority. We have implemented system-wide strategies that reduce the risk of exposure while preparing us to respond effectively in the event the current threat level escalates. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure at this time, almost all appointments are being conducted via telephone or telehealth (video). For more information, please click here.
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.