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Updated: September 26, 2020

COVID-19: Shaping A New Normal

COVID-19 has changed the way people live, work, and socialize across the globe. It hasn’t been easy for anyone. As time passes, it’s become clear that our lives have all changed for the time being. Everyone has had to take this new “normal” one day at a time.

Practicing Acceptance

People still need to socially distance.  As human beings, this is contrary to our nature. Online AA meetings and group therapy have become one way people can reach out to one another. However, it’s hard to imagine that this is genuinely a new lifestyle.

No one knows how long this crisis will last or when the unrest in some parts of the country will end. It’s a scary time, and that’s okay to talk about and feel. If you’re in recovery from addiction, you have probably experienced some not-so-normal lifestyle. It’s important to remember; this, too, shall pass.

It’s Normal, Just for Today

Today, you can still take care of yourself even when things aren’t perfect. You’re a resilient human being, and you can get through this. Self-care is important. So is reaching out to others in recovery, and finding ways to be social and safe at the same time.

You can practice acceptance by praying, meditating, crying it out, or writing about it. Accepting the fact that we have no idea how long this crisis will last is essential. Accepting it doesn’t mean you’re happy about it. It simply means you know you can’t personally change it.

You’re not in control of this pandemic, but you can choose to stay sober through it. As a person in recovery, you can stay sober if you use the tools you have. A sponsor, a strong support network, and online support meetings will help you stay connected to the world. You’re not alone.

Grab Some Peace

As mentioned earlier, self-care is an integral part of daily living in this new pandemic culture. Self-care will help you have something to enjoy and hold onto. It’s an excellent time to learn to nurture your spirit and really let yourself experience new things.

Here are some ideas:

  • Try a mindfulness podcast.  Learning how to meditate can help you soothe negative feelings like fear. You can learn to live in the moment with mindfulness, and it can be a great tool for anxiety.
  • Take an online art class. There are now a lot of art classes popping up on Instagram, Facebook, and other venues. Have a friend join you in trying it out. You can do a webcam together to show you drawings off.
  • Start planning for the future. Right now, you have time to really examine and plan out your goals. Do you want to go back to school? Are you interested in moving into a sober home? You can do the footwork and research right now.
  • Read a self-help book. Do you have a problem with getting angry? Or do you need to be more assertive? There are plenty of good books out there. Spend time reading the reviews on Amazon before you buy it.

Consider Sober Living

Are you interested in learning more about sober housing? Many people need the structure and safety of sober living once they’ve left treatment. We offer friendly, safe, and therapeutic housing to people new to recovery. Learn more about your options by calling us at 760-216-2077.


If you or a loved one is looking for a safe and sober home in North County San Diego, call 760-216-2077. One of our caring members is ready to answer all of your questions.

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