Recovery Community Adjusts to the New NormalDylan Romero
As the deaths mount in the United States – surpassing the number of Americans who died in the two-decades-long Vietnam war – some states are loosening restrictions. Relaxing stay at home orders and opening businesses is welcomed by some but frowned upon by the majority. Undoubtedly, many people in the addiction recovery community would like to return to some sense of normalcy. However, most meetings are still taking place in the digital realm.
California, home to Concise Recovery, is taking a different approach to reopening businesses and public gathering spaces like the hundreds of miles of pristine coastline. In fact, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a “hard close” of state and local beaches in Orange County, some 45 minutes to one hour south of our facilities.
While the announcement is discouraging, considering that Californians have done a stellar job at taking public health recommendations to heart, the governor realizes that we are far from containing the coronavirus. The current number of reported cases in the Golden State is 50,442, and we have lost 2,073 of our fellow citizens.
Compared to other states, we are faring reasonably well, and we want to keep it that way. States like New York and New Jersey have been ravaged by the virus, losing 23,841 and 7,538, respectively. New York has more cases of COVID-19 than any other country in the world, with 308,314 infected New Yorkers. You are probably aware that America, globally, has the most confirmed cases with a staggering 1,085,928 positive tests, more than five times more than Spain.
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the U.S. was in Santa Clara, California, on February 6, 2020.
Waiting for a Vaccine
Nearly three months later, more than almost 1.1 million in the U.S. have contracted the coronavirus. Naturally, a significant number of the infected and casualties are members of the recovery community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has lost someone to the virus.
Everyone’s goal is to flatten the curve and to see the creation of an effective vaccine. You may have heard that scientists could have a cure for COVID-19 in a year to 18 months. However, the mumps vaccine took four years to go from collecting viral samples to licensing in 1967, according to National Geographic. The mumps vaccine is believed to be the fastest ever created.
“A year to 18 months would be absolutely unprecedented,” says Peter Hotez, dean at Baylor University’s National School of Tropical Medicine. “Maybe with the new technology, maybe with throwing enough money on it, that’ll happen. But we have to be really careful about those time estimates.”
Hopefully, Hotez is right about advanced scientific methods speeding up the advent of a coronavirus vaccine. Even still, wrong or right, it is still essential to adhere to public health official guidelines on preventing contraction and transmission.
Stir Craziness in Recovery
At Concise, we are hopeful that every member of the addiction recovery community is protecting their health and their program. Please take full advantage of the resources online to preserve your progress. Call your sponsor and members of your support network each day. Attend virtual meetings via video conferencing platforms. Establish a daily routine and stick to it so as not to backslide or find yourself ruminating in isolation.
Humans are social creatures, and we require the physical company of others to maintain our well-being. Sheltering in place is antithetical to our socialization needs. Do your best to connect with the recovery community as much as possible to stay accountable and on track, and to keep from feeling lonely.
Even though some of the beaches in California and other states are closed, please remember to get out of the house for reasons other than grocery shopping. Several activities can prevent you from going stir crazy during these challenging times. The official COVID-19 website lists a myriad of ways to get outdoors and still practice social distancing. Beaches and many state parks may be closed, but you can still:
- Do Tai Chi and Chi Kung
- Meditate Outdoors
- Roller Skate and Roller Blade
- Bike Ride
- Rock Climb
Some members of the fellowship have physical limitations and must be careful not to overexert themselves or, worse, sustain an injury. Be cognizant of what you can and can’t do; surely, you can find an outdoor activity that is safe and healthy. It’s worth noting that some state parks are still open. You can find out more here.
Southern California Addiction Recovery
If you require help for an alcohol or substance use disorder, then Concise Recovery can assist you in charting a path toward long-term recovery. Our dedicated team of addiction professionals is following both state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidelines to protect our clients’ health as they heal. Please contact us today to learn more about our programs.