September is National Recovery Month. It’s a time to think about those who are working hard in substance abuse recovery programs and the organizations that serve and support them.
The pandemic has been a major challenge for those living a life in recovery and those who are actively addicted. In Cook County Illinois, for instance, statistics are trending to double the number of opioid-related deaths in the wake of the pandemic. With the increase in substance use, there is an increased need for counseling services at a time when funding for not-for-profit organizations is down.
I’m highlighting this because, with all the “noise” in our world right now, the important messages of drug use and recovery are often lost.
Affirmation: I care about my recovering brothers and sisters.
Coaching questions: Has the pandemic caused you to engage in addictive behaviors? What are you doing to mitigate this behavior?