Having a support system at all stages of recovery is an essential part of maintaining your sobriety and mental health. Even with Zoom meetings, the Covid years may have pulled you into a state of isolation. If you’re feeling a bit unmoored or have let your support relationships slide, this may be a good time to take proactive steps to reconnect and take care of yourself.
Start by reaching out to those most familiar to you, your friends and family. A call, text or email to loved ones is a great way to reconnect and rebuild valuable relationships. There’s no shame in asking for help from those who have helped you in the past.
Return to going to in-person sobriety meetings. It was important to engage via Zoom, but actually leaving the house and attending a meeting can help you to build more meaningful connections. It also gives you the opportunity to make friends by being a friend. Reach out to someone in the meeting who may also be in need. You’ll be helping yourself while you’re helping them.
Search for social groups in your area that have activities that interest you. You can engage with people who enjoy reading the same kinds of books or participate in a favorite hobby. There are running and yoga clubs, cooking events and entertainment venues that have all opened back up. This is your opportunity to get back out and start building new relationships with people who enjoy the same things you do.
If all this jumping back in seems a bit overwhelming, it’s important to have a professional support team. Reach out to a doctor, a therapist or a coach for a one-to-one session. Explore support groups built around social anxiety so you can be with others who are in the same boat. It’s important to remember that you are not alone.
Taking care of yourself, your sobriety and your mental health are key to living your best life. Put yourself out there and build that support system of friends, family and trained professions. When you participate in your life, and are there for others, others will be there for you.
If this sounds like you, a friend or a loved one, The Recovery Coach NY is here to help with the tools and techniques that support the journey of living a whole and happy life. RCNY provides individual and family coaching, companions & transport, Intervention and emergency services. For more information and additional services, go to our website:
You can reach out to Cindy Feinberg, President of The Recovery Coach NY via:
Phone or text: 631-921-4085
Email: [email protected]
Through her website: www.therecoverycoachny.com
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