It’s great that you are supporting someone to reduce the impact of alcohol and other drugs. You may have found that being in the same house as someone 24/7 caused some harder to release tension, and made the situation feel more intense. Now we are in Level 1, this could be a good time to reconnect with people outside your initial bubble who you have been concerned about. 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: