Normal unemployment can be stressful and destabilizing. Unemployment can be stressful and destabilizing in normal times. However, it can also make it more difficult to live a healthy life after a pandemic. As the coronavirus epidemic rages all over the world, businesses have closed their doors and laid-off employees. While the disruption of work can be stressful for those still in recovery, it can also lead to relapse if the job is lost and the uncertainty, stress, and anxiety that goes with it.
People in recovery must understand the connection between alcohol and coronavirus unemployment. Only then can one recognize warning signs of relapse to preserve their recovery.
The Connection Between Alcohol Consumption
A job is an important part of recovery. Your life is structured and gives you a purpose. Being passionate about your job will give you a reason for getting out of bed every morning. However, it will also provide a routine. Relax. While everyone’s day may be different, working gives people something to do.
As you might expect, a job loss can lead to problems for those in recovery. Many people in Recovery find it difficult to find a job. This could be due in part to the stigma that surrounds those with addiction and past criminal records. Sometimes it can be hard to find a job when your job is eliminated, especially if you are not responsible for the circumstances. Because of the current pandemic, many companies won’t allow you to apply for a job until it is over.
Relapse can be caused by unemployment, which is a problem for many people who have been in recovery. Although the coronavirus panic has already struck millions, the stress that unemployment brings is just one of many. Relapse can result from the disruption to your routine and the stress caused by unemployment. This is especially true if one can’t adapt their coping skills to cope with the new reality.
The disruption of routines is another way unemployment can lead people to fall into relapse. Working provides a sense of purpose. It can be difficult to find a sense of purpose in life, and if that purpose is lost, it can trigger a range of emotions. Depression, anger, and anxiety are all possible emotions that can be mixed in a toxic manner. People may resort to alcohol as a way to drown themselves.
Avoiding Alcohol During Unemployment
While there is no definitive evidence linking alcohol consumption with unemployment, there have been some indications that they interact. Since the COVID-19 virus was discovered, the US has seen an increase in alcohol sales and consumption. There are several ways to avoid drinking alcohol and avoid developing bad habits.
First and foremost, remember there is help available during times of crisis. To help you deal with stress and loss of employment, contact the substance abuse hotlines. For those in recovery, there are many complimentary virtual support meetings available. You can also call or video chat with a member of your support group to reach out to them.
A positive outlook is also a good thing. Although jobs are easily replaced, your health is not. You can avoid relapse by practicing self-care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
You don’t necessarily have to start looking for work immediately. Many companies place a hold upon hiring until the quarantine ends. This may create financial uncertainty but can also be used for decompression and reflection on one’s career and sobriety.
Maintaining Recovery From Pandemics, Unemployment
Soledad House remains open to providing essential addiction treatment during the pandemic. We offer many ways to help you get started or continue your journey to recovery. We will offer virtual support meetings to aid people in their recovery. You can live a happy life, no matter what your situation is.