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  • Erik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

Creative Ways to Stay Connected to Your Friends in Recovery

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

It's a tough time right now and not just for people in recovery, for everyone.


That being said, my phone has been blowing up with calls and messages of people overdosing, sadly even dying, relapsing, or on the brink of making the disastrous decision to relapse.


So let's start here.


If you are struggling, you are not alone. Almost everyone I talk with is struggling in some way. It's OK to not be OK sometimes. The concern for people in recovery is that if we allow the pin ball game of the mind to go on for too long we just might end up back in the lifestyle of active addiction, which is nothing but death, loss, and destruction.


Whether someone has struggled with addiction or not, basic face to face human interaction is vital for our health. No matter if you're an introvert or an extrovert, we need relationships and real interaction with people.


My concern with this COVID-19 pandemic is that our response to this virus is causing more issues then it's fixing. The depression and mental issues are causing bigger problems, and it's alarming.


I personally am over 11 yrs into recovery and have my own recovery coaching business. I am alarmed at what is happening in the recovery community. As many as 6 people have died from overdose in recent weeks in my county alone, and I know of at least a half dozen more people that have been brought back to life from the administration of narcan.


On top of that I am talking to people everyday that have