The further we head into the times of COVID, the more people begin to and/or continue to struggle with addictions, depression and feelings of hopelessness. Being in recovery myself, I am very compassionate and empathetic toward anyone’s desire or feelings of needing to numb, stuff, deny, or run away from any of their issues by using drugs and alcohol or other addictions and self harming behaviors.
I want to provide here, what I find to be one of the most in depth list of all recovery resources, from an genuine person that I’ve grown to respect, Mr. Joe Polish. Joe has launched the Genius Recovery Foundation, which provides resources including links to meetings, stories, and videos about addiction and recovery. I’m providing this information because I know firsthand what it feels like to not be able to sit with yourself and deal with the issues that seem overwhelming and that we just would like to make go away.
I hope these resources provide guidance in some small way, and if you need help, please reach out and get it. It is possible to get to a place of loving yourself and accepting yourself and being gentle with yourself, regardless of things that have happened to you or things that have just simply happened. Being isolated and having all of the situations like unemployment and fear and worry about our current state of the state in regards to our world and our jobs and everything else has begun what I believe will be the largest mental health crisis ever experienced.
A worthwhile goal is to provide resources that may help as many people as possible as we try and navigate this unprecedented time that we find ourselves in right now. I’m including a link to An Open Letter To Anyone Struggling With Addiction here, as well as a link to the Genius Recovery website, where I hope you can find resources that you need. Again, if you need to speak with somebody, please reach out. You’re not alone. We can all get through this together.
You are not alone.