Support for Maintaining Sobriety Following the Election
As one of the most turbulent presidential campaigns in history comes to a close, millions of Americans are finding themselves overwhelmed with fear, stress, panic, and anger. While some find themselves relieved that the dramatic election has finally reached its end, there are countless people struggling with the lingering effects of this intense campaign and the uncertainty that lies ahead for our country.
Twitter users have banded together to create a platform for sharing advice and resources, as well as offering solidarity to those finding it hard to cope after Tuesday’s results. 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 steps necessary to stay strong, healthy, and sober.
For those currently in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, temptation for relapse may be at an all-time high. Regardless of if their candidate won or lost, the extreme emotions involved in this process can cause many to begin craving 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, healthy environment.
A spokesperson for Alcoholics Anonymous has expressed that anyone worried about their sobriety should visit the AA website to locate 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.
Anxiety and depression is another battle for many in the wake of the election. 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.
If you are seeking help for drug or alcohol addiction, please don’t hesitate. Our phone lines are always open, with a compassionate counselor ready and waiting to take your call. A New Start, Inc. is a premier Intensive Outpatient Program in West Palm Beach, FL. We offer specialized treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders. To learn more about treatment with A New Start, Inc., please call 1-844-TALK-ANS.