15th April 2020 in Addictions

Stay Sober During The Pandemic: Relapse Prevention Dr. Harry

Staying sober during the Coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 crisis has proven to be very scary for many recovering alcoholics and addicts. The cancellation of events, social gatherings and in person Twelve-Step meetings can feel isolating over time and create an urge to use. It has launched the entire world into a state of uncertainty, forcing all of us to become completely preoccupied with a situation that is out of the ordinary. For many there is a fear of getting lost in the sauce, as the economic and psychological repercussions affect all of our behavioral patterns.

Staying sober during the pandemic starts with relapse prevention and working with an addiction expert like Dr. Harry Haroutunian. Without daily recovery maintenance, fear, loneliness and boredom and changes to daily life related to the COVID-19 outbreak may result in increased use of alcohol or other substances for those in recovery.

Feeling isolated can contribute to our stress, negatively affecting our mental health and during such times of extreme stress or boredom, it’s not unusual for people to look for ways to relax, or to feel better. However, there are some important things to keep in mind: Alcohol and other substances can affect our immune system, making it harder for our bodies to fight off sickness or to heal once we have become ill. In addition, the preliminary findings suggest the consumption of certain substances can actually interfere directly with treatments for COVID-19 and the Coronavirus.

Most importantly, relapsing by consuming alcohol or using any drug of choice may not only compound such stresses, it could be fatal for a recovering addict. Staying sober during the pandemic is of paramount importance. Addiction treatment and relapse prevention during the time of the Coronavirus quarantine is possible and readily available. Dr. Harry and his team of addiction specialists are here to help and are always just a phone call away.

Relapse Prevention During Quarantine: Put A Plug In The Jug

For some people in recovery, the stay at home orders and quarantine may be an easy way to “put a plug in the jug” and maintain sobriety. Unfortunately for many who are living alone or experiencing economic insecurities, feeling alone at a time of isolation and anxiety is heightening their risk of relapse.

Whether their drug of choice is alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, prescription painkillers, or a combination of many substances, having a support system and sense of community is one of the ways that people recover from addiction. Because of the Coronavirus quarantine that community has been seriously compromised, but it is not gone.

For those who are feeling a little lost in the sauce it may seem as though getting connected can be tough. Some people have complained that they dislike the less personal online AA meetings. However the change to online recovery has provided a great opportunity for those in recovery, with an even wider selection of meetings that can be available at any time of day every day of the week. In addition to providing more meeting availability and flexibility, the switch has also meant more people doing online searches for relapse prevention help and the best addiction treatment near them.

The purpose of Dr. Harry’s relapse prevention work is to take you from despair to hope as you come to understand the subtle ways the disease of addiction can sneak up on you, and to increase your understanding of alcoholism and other drug addictions. Now more than ever it’s important to reach out to someone you can trust like Dr. Harry. Even during this time of social distancing, tele therapy and online consultations, meetings and treatment are available with Dr. Harry through Zoom, Face Time, or another video platform. Addiction is a treatable disease that affects millions of Americans. You are not alone, not even during this time of quarantine. If you are struggling or worried about a loved one, don’t wait to reach out for help.

Don’t Get Lost In The Sauce: Addiction Help With Dr. Harry

Dr. Harry Haroutunian is a Board Certified Addiction Medicine Physician who has been practicing medicine for over 40 years and specializing in the treatment of addiction for the last 15 years. Over that time, he has experienced an abundance of positive outcomes and developed cutting edge, evidenced-based programs that have helped thousands of addicts change their lives. Because of his personal and professional experiences Dr. Harry set out to create the premier individualized, concierge treatment experience available in the United States. Each client is evaluated based on their needs and an appropriate treatment plan is created which addresses those unique needs, while honoring the time and resources available to create the most effective plan.

Addiction treatment and relapse prevention during the time of the Coronavirus quarantine is possible and readily available with Dr. Harry and his team. The earlier you or your loved one get help and start treatment, the greater your chances are of a full and consistent recovery.

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