Warmer weather, sunshine and a COVID–19 vaccine may mean small social gatherings are around the corner for many of us.
But some may still struggle with isolation, especially those who are in addiction recovery or are seeking recovery.
We talked exclusively with two people who have a keen understanding of what it means to be in recovery.
Bob and Carroll Ann Swanson built their careers in social work helping people in addiction recovery. Bob, himself has been in recovery for over 30 years.
“I don’t know what it would be like for people to come in and try to find help during this pandemic. It’s got to be difficult. It was difficult enough, I remember when I came into recovery, just being sober,” Bob said, let alone, what have I got to do next. During this pandemic, how on earth do you get find, a place… like, I’ve had enough drinking, I have had enough drugging. It’s like, where do I go to find help.”
People in recovery need a support system, and even that has been changed by the pandemic.
Meetings held by via zoom or other teleconferencing platforms help to ease the isolation, they said.
“It’s not a substitute. It’s a stopgap measure for the time being so that I can do as well as a possibly can without what it is I am really craving,” Carroll Ann said. “Which is looking people in the eye, you know, holding hands, giving someone a hug and sharing that kind of him. But I am very grateful for social media and books and podcasts and things like that.”
Above all, the Swanson’s say the best way to get help is to take the first step. If you ask, someone will be able to help.
- UP Coalition Network: Communities That Care coalitions operating across the UP to prevent youth substance use and other risky behaviors www.upcnetwork.org
- Great Lakes Recovery Centers
- FACE Project: For friends and family of those with addiction www.sudfaceup.org
- Beyond the Save: For professionals in the addiction/mental health field www.beyondthesave.org
- – MSP Angel Program – Walk into any Michigan State Police Post for help without fear of arrest.
- Booze Musings on Facebook.
- Or, local recovery Zoom meetings.
ID: 913 045 763
ID: 176 899 897
ID: 779 454 901
Monday AA (Irontown Group)
Wednesday AA 12&12
ID: 429 848 3033
Escanaba NA meeting
Sunday, Wednesday and Friday
ID: 582 548 6345
Substance Abuse Treatment
Great Lakes Recovery Centers
241 Wright Street
Marquette, MI 49855
BOOM Rethink the Drink
- Dial Help – http://www.dialhelp.org/programs