Gatherings of 10 or more people are not allowed, social distancing, shelter-in-place, and self-quarantine – all phrases that may cause concern to those who understand the danger of isolation to people in recovery. COVID-19 is a danger to mental health as well as physical health.
Community is an important part of recovery groups like Living Free, Celebrate Recovery, and others. These groups are helping thousands of people across the country, but they are being forced to find other ways to connect. The thought of not being able to attend can bring on depression and desperation for members.
Being alone is hard. God knows that, He created us to be in community. But He will never leave us nor forsake us. We can depend on God, but it’s good to reach out to others too.
Some groups plan to meet with online platforms like Zoom or Google Hangouts. During this crisis as we’re more isolated, attending online meetings should be helpful. You can also share contact information with other members. If they don’t wish to share phone numbers, social media accounts can be shared to allow members to check-in with others. Try to make contact with one or two different members every day. The daily contact with will be a help to those initiating the contact as well as those being contacted.
The most important thing to remember is to rely on God during this time. Here are some things to help you find peace in the storm.
- Listen to worship music. Really listen to the lyrics, not just have it as background noise.
- Take time to be quiet before God.
- Read your Bible; don’t neglect your devotional time.
- Meditate on the scriptures – think about what you’ve read, and how to put it into practice.
- Keep a journal – include scripture and your thoughts and prayers
- Write out your prayers, for you and others
- Take a walk to see God’s marvelous creation. At least get some fresh air on your balcony if possible.
- Share with someone something God has done for you. You can share your recovery story on our Wall of Hope.
- Contact at least one person daily to check-in with them. (Or more, if you can.)
If you’re not working, you can allow a significant amount of time for these activities. If you’re working or working from home with children to homeschool, try to do as many as possible, even if only shortly.
Together we can make it through this crisis! Please pray for us as we continue to pray for you.