By Sally Perkins
Each year, thousands of recovering addicts return to their old ways. Between 40 and 60% of addicts relapse within a year and too often the reason is due to the individual feeling lonely, according to a study conducted by JAMA. After constant support and interaction with others as they get better, many recovering addicts return to a empty home which can be a difficult situation to come to terms with. Thankfully, revolutionary apps are supporting recovering addicts with their physical health, as well as aiding them as they return to the comfort of their own four walls, but just how can they help those most in need?
One of the main methods of preventing a relapse is to avoid the feelings of HALT - Hunger, Anger, Loneliness and Tiredness. Recovering addicts who experience any of these emotions have a significantly higher chance of relapsing, therefore, it’s vital you take steps to avoid these feelings from surfacing at all costs. To combat the loneliness element, consider using medical apps which are a great source of support as they can provide you with information on support groups in your area when you’re most in need of them. Many also contain activities to assist with your treatment and some give you the option of connecting directly with healthcare professionals, should your feelings of loneliness take a hold of you and become too much to handle. The great thing about using these apps is that they’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and nobody needs to know that you’ve accessed them.
A helping hand
Carrying out chores in the home can be a lonely task when there’s no one by your side to spur you on and to appreciate your hard work. Addicts who feel lonely are often afraid to reach out to others due to low self-esteem and trust issues, so when you need help around the home, it’s wise to utilize in-home cleaning technology to assist you with your household duties. Using this technology in unison with revolutionary cleaning apps will help bring structure to your day, provide a sense of purpose and will encourage you to complete your desired task for a healthier and happier home.
There are even apps which allow you to hire a home cleaner, which is a great way of bringing someone into your home to chat to on a regular basis. Your cleaner need never know about your addiction issues either so it’s a good way of building a new relationship, increasing your self-confidence and halting loneliness during a time when you’re vulnerable to a relapse.
Addict to addict
Loneliness and addiction can be a vicious circle. Many individuals become addicts due to loneliness, while, many are lonely as a result of their addiction. Too often, friends and family will turn their back on those that become addicted, leaving the addict with very few people to rely on and talk to, thus increasing their chance of a relapse occurring.
Thankfully, some of the latest apps on the market connect recovering addicts with each other, providing them with support and someone to talk to when they need it most. Sober Grid, mimics the social media design and allows users to chat anonymously should they wish. Beau Mann, recovering addict and founder of Sober Grid states “Some people, their life is dependent on their sobriety. So that need to connect is how people get and maintain sobriety.” During times when individuals are at risk of relapse, simply opening the app, sharing how you’re feeling and finding a pillar of support from others who have been in the same boat may be just what’s needed to put you back on the right path.
Recovering addicts have a whole host of state of the art apps at their fingertips to assist them in returning to a normal home life and overcoming their feelings of loneliness. These apps provide around the clock support to individuals, while cleaning and household maintenance apps can help you keep your home looking great. And should you feel a relapse is on the cards, social media type apps designed especially with people like you in mind, are there to provide you with all the help and encouragement you need to get you through the day.
Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years’ experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and traveling as much as possible.
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