Marisa survived the blockages without relapsing into addiction, but it was not easy
Containment has been the most difficult hurdle for alcoholic drug addiction and drug addict Marisa Abrego to overcome.
“Of all the years I’ve been sober and sober, the last two years have kicked my ass,” she said.
“I had thoughts that hadn’t occurred to me for so long.
“I am almost 11 years clean and sober, I haven’t had a single drop of alcohol or a single drug. It has never been more difficult than during confinement to continue like this.”
Ms Abrego says part of the problem is the ease of access to alcohol during lockdown.
“You can even order it at your doorstep. I get these notifications everyday saying 20% off if you order $ 100 of wine or free alcohol delivery with this order.
Turning Point Assistant Clinical Director Shalini Arunogiri agrees.
“The coping strategies that people normally use have largely been taken off the table, your tips for staying healthy and well may not have been accessible,” said Arunogiri, who is also a researcher. drug addiction at Monash University.
“But alcohol and gambling have remained accessible, in some cases accessibility has even increased during the pandemic.”
Find ways to bring joy
So how did Ms. Abrego fare? She started baking.
“I’ve never cooked in my life, but I’ve cooked and handed what I do to friends. It was so nice to do something for someone else and give them a little bit of joy… it’s not alcohol. “
Ms Abrego says she hopes other recovering addicts have survived the blockages.
“At the beginning of the convalescence it’s hard, you think about using all the time but around the third, fourth year you start to take life in hand and this other part of you, you do not forget it but it becomes detached slowly from you.
“My life was good before COVID, I had a real job, I started traveling, then I got into COVID.
“There was so much time to think and I had to sit down with all these thoughts. I rarely had dreams of using it until confinement. Last year and this year I have. thought and dreamed about it. “
Ms Abrego will exit lockdown tomorrow knowing she has managed to stay sober, but statistics from Turning Point and the Monash Addiction Research Center show ambulance calls to alcohol poisoning incidents at home have increased by 9 % in 2020.
Ms Arunogiri has a message for people living with addictions emerging from the lockdown.
“It’s too exciting a time for everyone, coming from not seeing people for a very long time. Take it slow, pace yourself, reach out for support and take some time for yourself.”
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