Recovery and Sobriety During the Pandemic

One of the first pointers we are told in recovery is: Dont isolate. Seek out community. Yet, the advice now given by clinicians to keep us all healthy and to help us be responsible to our communities is exactly (or seemingly) the opposite: Isolate. Keep your distance from each other.


Without the support of our recovery community/ meetings etc.. It can be hard trying to stay sober in this uncertain time. Many might struggle with sobriety when contending with the anxiety, potential or real loss of income, and fear I imagine we all share. Most of us arent prepared for living or working in isolation in our homes and may feel adrift without our usual sustaining routines. However, we need a calm, clear mind if were going to absorb all this baffling information, if were going to be able to help our parents/grandparents, explain this to children etc. — and keep them safe.

Sobriety works because it happens in small, everyday decisions and gestures of support from friends and colleagues. It’s a makeshift bid to remain calm in the midst of uncertainty. And it’s most useful in moments like this — in conversation, in community with others who feel similarly overwhelmed. In a sense, then, sobriety is designed precisely for times of extreme unpredictability and precariousness, times of hardship. All we can do is take care of ourselves and look out for one another. Little by little. Or as we say, one day at a time.

If we emerge having learned that we are survivor-thrivers, that we are able to sustain our sobriety in this unsettling time, that might be our greatest recovery success yet.


Coronavirus safeguarding at Silkworth

Silkworth wants to be able to aid those within our community who will be affected by social isolation and to this end, we are instigating the following procedures for our Support Groups:

  • We will ensure all handles and flat surfaces are disinfected before and after each group or person who attends our Day Service.
  • Staff will wash their hands before and after Group or Client Meetings.
  • Clients will be asked to keep a spare seat between them in keeping with social distancing requirements.
  • Tissues will be available for clients use together with hand sanitisers.

Support Groups for Recovery

Meditation 12.15pm – 12.45pm
Recovery Support Discussion Group at 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Recovery Reset Topic 11.00am – 12.00pm
Family Support Group 1.00pm – 2.00pm


We have created video links for our Groups to enable those who are self-isolating to be a part of our Recovery Support Groups.
Please email: wendy.allenet-simpson@silkworthgroup.org for an invite and download Zoom (https://zoom.us/join )

We are here to help keep the recovery community in touch and to feel supported. For any further information, please contact Silkworth Lodge at 729 060.


Resourced: Forge, The Fix

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