Treatment options — Once you open up to the possibility of change there is lots of help available.
Create support networks
You should stay in contact with and connect with supportive friends and whānau. Be careful because there are different restrictions placed on social contact in Level 2 and 3.
Be intentional - you can choose who you want to connect with. Connect with people who are supportive and help your wellbeing.
If you are in Alert Level 3 (Auckland only), try these things with supportive friends or family:
- Stick to your bubble. Reach out to supportive people outside of your bubble via text, Facebook, or video chat.
If you are in Alert Level 2, try these things with supportive friends or family:
- Meeting up for a coffee, or visiting a local cafe. Remember to keep at least 1 metre of physical distance with other members of the public in hospitality environments.
- Visit a local cinema, museum, or park. Again, maintain physical distancing and keep high hygiene standards. Keep track of where you’ve been, and who you have seen.
- Continue with any virtual support networks you may have started during lockdown – keep using video calls and having virtual dinners or coffee dates, if these things worked well for you.
Many alcohol and other drug services are supporting people over this time. Call your local alcohol and other drug service to find out what support they provide: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/
Tips to stay on track
This is an opportunity to pause. You’ve been through changes in your life, and this is another opportunity to ground yourself in what’s important to you.
Remember to be gentle with yourself and to keep a healthy lifestyle.
Try these things:
- Make a list of things that are important to you.
- Make a list of things that you are grateful for.
- Identify what your warning signs are - your 'soft limits' (early warning signs) and your 'hard limits' (signs that you need to do something different immediately).
- Identify what you can do to de-stress or relax without using alcohol or other drugs.
- Think about goals that you have achieved and set new goals.
- Think about who is important in your life and let them know they are important to you.
- Identify activities that interest you.
- Think about what values are important to you and how you live those values.
- Do an act of kindness for someone else.
- Watch YouTube videos to learn a new skill.
- Notice and replace unhelpful thoughts.
- Practice allowing yourself to feel OK with being bored.
- Find ways to be creative.
- Get fresh air.