Tips for those in recovery for maintaining sobriety during coronavirus pandemic

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For people in recovery, isolation during the coronavirus pandemic can be challenging. 

One of the sayings in Alcoholics Anonymous is “you are only as sick as your secrets.” And if you are self isolating because of COVID-19, that can be pretty secret. 

“The vast majority of AA meetings, support groups and what not have stopped meeting. So if somebody is in recovery, and they have a sponsor, they should make a point to call them everyday, maybe at the same time,” said Dr. Deni Carise, a clinical psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania and chief scientific officer at Recovery Centers of America.

Another issue, she said, is the people around you. If a whole family is together, work out a plan before something happens.

“We get into an argument. You go into the basement, or the living room. I’ll go into the family room and things like that. So just because you’re in the same house doesn’t mean you have to be on top of each other,” she added. 

Carise said other options include starting a hobby or getting out in nature. And she said there’s also plenty of support online.