Online Group Recovery Meetings:
SAMHSA Virtual Recovery Resources has lots of options.
Mental Health Resources
Tips for Staying Sober during the Coronavirus pandemic:
- Check in with sponsor and support system daily. The Ohio Department of Health has additional resources listed.
- Attend online group recovery meetings (see resources above)
- Get physical exercise every day. There are many free videos on YouTube and Fitness Blender.
- Engage in virtual volunteering, and give back to those in need. Our Specialized Docket and Probation Services are working to create online relationships with local agencies and create these opportunities.
- Take a free online class. You can learn a new language with Duolingo, watch free cooking videos with Food Network, or learn about a variety of academic topics with Coursera.
- Play puzzles and games.
- Read books. Visit the Ida Rupp Library website for digital reading resources.
- Stay in contact with your treatment provider and utilize telemedicine services. You are not alone if you are having fear, anxiety, and thoughts of wanting to use.
- Practice mediation. Calm and Headspace are good apps to use.
- Take care of your mental health. See below for some helpful resources and ways to cope with a disaster.
- Follow CDC and Ohio Department of Health Guidelines. Here are several activities to try with your family during closures.
- If you have lost your job, apply for unemployment for financial relief.
CDC’s Guide to How to Cope with a Disaster
- Take care of your body– Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
- Connect with others– Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships, and build a strong support system.
- Take breaks– Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking in deep breaths. Try to do activities you usually enjoy.
- Stay informed– When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or nervous. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. Be aware that there may be rumors during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like your local government authorities.
- Avoid too much exposure to news– Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do enjoyable activities and return to normal life as much as possible and check for updates between breaks.
- Seek help when needed– If distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to a clergy member, counselor, or doctor, or contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-985-5990.