We have been here before, we know how to get through this. There are still plenty of ways we can continue to support each other. Moving back into Level 2 and 3 (Auckland only) means that we might not be able to see our loved ones face to face. Try these things to help you, and those you care about, stay well.
You are not alone. Many New Zealand families speak about feeling lonely, worried and emotionally exhausted when supporting someone through alcohol and other drug issues. It is important to get support for yourself during this time.
Identify people that can support you and talk with you about what you’re experiencing. You can call, message, or video call them even if you can’t visit them.
During Level 1, you may still be in the same house with less time apart than before the lockdown started. Try agreeing on expectations and boundaries, and setting a time to hear how everyone is going.
Think about these things:
You can help people in your household stay healthy and live well together by having a plan for how things will work. It doesn’t have to be perfect, we’re human and we’re learning how to deal with another change to the way we live after weeks of being in lockdown. Keeping talking to each other in a household helps issues get dealt with earlier before they explode.
You might like to talk about these things as a household, or as the adults in the household: