Making Sobriety Top Priority Following Election
As one of the most turbulent presidential elections in history comes to an end, countless Americans are finding themselves overwhelmed with anxiety, terror, panic, and anger. While some find themselves relieved that the dramatic election is finally over, there are millions of people struggling with the aftereffects of this intense campaign and the great unknown that lies ahead for our nation. In an effort to offer solidarity and support, Twitter users have banded together to create a platform for sharing advice and resources with those finding it difficult to cope. People are experiencing very real, serious, and overwhelming emotions. For those who have a history with mental health or addiction disorders, it is important to take the appropriate steps to stay strong, healthy, and sober. For those currently in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, temptation for relapse may be powerful. Whether their candidate won or lost, the extreme emotions involved in this process can cause many to seek comfort 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 and healthy environment. A representative for Alcoholics Anonymous has expressed that anyone concerned about their sobriety should visit the AA website to find 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. In the aftermath of the election, many are now battling anxiety and depression. Those with co-occurring disorders are at particular risk, and should reach out to their support system of sponsors, family, friends, and therapists. 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. At Silicon Beach Outpatient Center, our phone lines are always open, with a member of our caring and compassionate staff ready to take your call. Don’t face addiction alone. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, please call us NOW at 310-846-8215.