The recovery community is struggling. The connections, the meetings that this population depends on to maintain sobriety has come to a halt.
The nonprofit organizations that support the recovery community have rushed to make the switch from in-person meetings to online support but they are struggling, too, from lack of funds.
There is nothing like face to face connection. We all miss hugging and handshakes. But lack of it for this population can be deadly.
Just last week in our area, a young man who had been in recovery for several years took his life. I didn’t know him but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t profoundly affected by his death. After all, my son Charles suffered from depression and addiction and killed himself while going through withdrawal.
Reach out to those you know who have struggled with addiction and depression. Not just one text. But by making a phone call. Visit someone in jail. Consider making a donation to a local nonprofit that supports addiction recovery.
We can’t fix the virus, all we can do is the best we can do by preventing rapid spread. But we can let another human who may be at risk know we are thinking of them.