Article: Is COVID-19 Leading To More Relapses?

COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, is a stain on world history that we won’t soon forget. The virus has impacted businesses, families and will continue to cause ripple effects in our society for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, one of the less spoken of topics regarding the virus is its impact on our recovery community. Many of those who have spent years safeguarding their sobriety by attending 12-Step meetings have been left in the dark. We are in uncharted territory, and the worst part of it all is that there is no end in sight. While some states have allowed limited opening, others like California are strictly closed.

Although lockdowns across the world have been effective at slowing the spread of the virus, former drug and alcohol users have been put in a position that is detrimental to their sobriety. Fighting an addiction to drugs or alcohol requires strength, and even when a person has completed a rehabilitation program or is deep into their 12-steps, relapse is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. The most common situations that may invoke relapse include depression, boredom, self-doubt, and being around substances.

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