Hurricane Matthew blew through eastern North Carolina in October, leaving a path of destruction and death in its wake. There have been 14 confirmed deaths and many counties are still undergoing rescue attempts. The flooding has wiped out small cities in the eastern part of the state and many people have been left stranded. President Barack Obama has declared the affected counties a federal emergency. This leads to an interesting topic from our center for drug rehabilitation in Wilmington NC.
The distress caused by natural disasters such as these can cause some people to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. Those in recovery may feel overwhelmed by what is happening, and may feel lost without the support they find from regular meetings or a mentor. When a natural disaster or other uncontrollable traumatic event occurs, the regularity of daily life is disrupted.
For many people in recovery, the comfort of a regular routine and going to weekly meetings can help them stay on track. If a natural disaster such as a hurricane or storm affects their city and they are not able to attend a meeting or talk with a sponsor, they can feel as if they are getting caught up in an emotional storm. For a closer look, please keep reading. If you're looking for professional help for addiction, consider Legacy Freedom. Call us today and ask about our programs for drug rehabilitation in Wilmington NC.
Tips For Staying Sober During A Hurricane
Frenzy Before the Storm
When a hurricane is slated to hit an area, people scramble to prepare for it. Those living on the coast may be forced to evacuate their homes, and may have to prepare their homes for the storm by boarding up windows and putting down sand bags. Knowing your home may succumb to the storm can cause your stress levels to rise. Not being at home during the storm can be scary and frustrating because you don’t know what is happening to your home.
People who are further inland during a hurricane may not need to leave their homes, but they do have to be concerned that trees may be knocked down, debris may damage their homes or cars and their power may go out. Most folks prepare for a storm by stocking up on candles, flashlights, batteries and non-perishable food. For someone in recovery, it is tempting to pick up beer or wine because it can help ease the stress of not knowing what the storm will bring.
If you are in recovery, turning to drugs or alcohol is not the right decision, even during a natural disaster. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, please call Legacy Freedom Treatment Center today. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, we offer a wide variety of drug rehab plans that can be tailored to fit your exact needs. Call our team of counselors today and let Legacy help you beat your addiction with affordable plans for drug rehabilitation in Wilmington NC.
How to Prepare
You can face the storm without turning to old habits. If you are able to find a safe place to stay, it is likely you will be around people you know. They can help keep you accountable if you explain your situation. If you are able to stay in your home but you live alone, see if friends or family can come over to ride out the storm with you.
If you go to meetings regularly or check in with a mentor, reach out to the group or your sponsor to see if someone is available to talk. If you are tech savvy, you may be able to set up a virtual meeting with your group. It would help you as well as your other group members.
There are other things that can keep you busy as you’re waiting for the storm, or while the storm is passing through. Use the time to your advantage by doing things you wouldn’t normally do.
Here are some ideas:
1. Binge on that show you’ve been planning to check out but never found the time to watch.
2. Break out the board games and see if you remember how to play Monopoly.
3. Make a batch of snacks before the storm hits so you’ll have something to eat if the power goes out.
4. Read a book. Pick up that one that’s been sitting on your bookshelf for a while or re-read a favorite.
5. Catch some ZZs. If you lose power, there’s no better reason to take a nap. Just avoid sleeping near open windows!
6. Exercise. If you have power, hop on that elliptical and get a workout in. Or look up a yoga video and try to find a sense of calm during the storm.
If you feel overwhelmed by the impending storm, or if you have trouble coping with whatever outcome you experienced, such as damage to your home or severe flooding in your town, there are some things you can do to help restore your sense of security. Feeling secure in your life will help you stay more stable in your recovery.
1. Take the time to count your blessings. You may have lost things in the storm, but it is likely they were just material things. Be thankful that you and your family made it through.
2. Let yourself be upset. It is okay to be angry and sad during a difficult time. Many people want to suppress their emotions, but it okay to feel them and talk about them.
3. Take a break from watching the news. While it is important to stay informed about what is going on with your area, sometimes the news can focus on the negative. They also tend to repeat things, which can make your stress levels increase.
4. Try to keep up your routines. If you find routines to be comforting, try to keep the same schedule if you are able. Being stuck at home can make it a little difficult, but you may be able to keep the same eating and sleeping schedule, which can help you find some normalcy.
After the storm has passed, if you are still feeling stressed and think that you are off track in your recovery, reach out to a sponsor or call your treatment center for guidance. Every storm passes, and sometimes there’s even a rainbow at the end of it.
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