I was surprised to see little to no topics on quarantine drinking on this site. I was doing great until March and then saw a major weekly spike in drinking. Not sure if it was stress drinking or boredom. Anyone experienced the same or have any positive advice?
Yes, several people on the forum have mentioned this unfortunate phenomenon, but it's probably buried in progress threads here and there, rather than a specific thread. The isolation has a lot of people really down, and booze is the go-to stress reliever.
I have gotten a lot of help from exercising! It gives me an endorphin rush like no other! I run and the fresh air feels so good, especially when it’s been a hot day and I can run at night when it’s cooler:)
Last Edit: Jul 25, 2020 2:00:06 GMT -5 by smalleave
Post by magnarider on Jul 25, 2020 17:00:38 GMT -5
I’m several months in at this point. When things became acute in Texas I did experience a spike in my drinking. It didn’t take long to realize that this was just exacerbating the sense of isolation. I’ve been hunkered down all day due to Covid and an impending tropical storm. Drinking has not crossed my mind. It truly does make every negative emotion worse.
Yes, absolutely but there was an unexpected positive outcome for me. I have struggled with AUD for a decade and had been kidding myself that I was getting better. Then came lock-down and my drinking went through the roof. I live alone and have no family in the country so that and boredom really got to me and I was drinking every night. The silver lining was that this really forced me to face my AUD and seek help. After a lot of research I found TSM and here I am, 3 weeks into treatment and feeling very positive about my future!
Social connections are really important - I finally opened up to friends and family about my AUD (which I hid very well) and it brought me closer to them. Groups such as this have really helped too. I keep a to-do list of chores and diy jobs to try and keep myself busy which helps with the boredom.
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