Maintaining Sobriety Following the Election
Millions of Americans are finding themselves overwhelmed with fear, stress, panic, and anger as one of the most turbulent presidential campaigns in history comes to a close. While some find themselves relieved that the dramatic election has finally reached its end, there are countless people struggling with the lingering effects of this intense campaign and the uncertainty that lies ahead for our country. In the aftermath of Tuesday’s results, people are experiencing very real, serious, and overwhelming emotions. Twitter users have banded together to create a platform for sharing advice and resources, as well as offering solidarity to those finding it hard to cope. For those who have a history with mental health or addiction disorders, it is important to be taking the steps necessary to stay strong, healthy, and sober at this time. For former addicts currently in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, temptation for relapse may be at an all-time high. Regardless of if their candidate won or lost, the extreme emotions involved in this process can cause many to seek solace in old habits. In the wake of the election, we encourage recovering addicts to attend meetings and support groups to express their feelings in a safe, healthy environment. A spokesperson for Alcoholics Anonymous has expressed that anyone worried about their sobriety should visit the AA website to locate their local meetings. “Pick up the phone and talk to a sponsor, or someone you know that’s struggled with addiction,” the spokesperson pleaded. This election has left many of us fearing for the future, but it is NOT worth your sobriety. Across the nation, anxiety and depression is another battle many are now facing. Those with co-occurring disorders are at particular risk at this time, and should reach out to their support system of sponsors, family, friends, and treatment professionals. There are also numerous organizations dedicated to providing free support for anxiety and depression, such as Samaritans 24-Hour Crisis Hotline. If you or someone you know may be having suicidal thoughts, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Life Circle Group’s transitional living facilities provide a close-knit, supportive community of peers who share similar goals and experiences. We operate as a comprehensive sober living facility for individuals with co-occurring disorders, making it a safe-haven for those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders. To learn more about Life Circle Group, please call us at 877.846.5073.