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Lockdown could lead recovering addicts down a dark path

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Socialising with family and friends is a great deterrent for recovering addicts who may be tempted to indulge, but there are ways to stay clean and maintain your sobriety.


31 Mar 2020
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Lockdown could lead recovering addicts down a dark path

A heroin addict is seen preparing to shoot up after recieving a fresh set of needles from the Harmless programme participants in the Pretoria CBD, 26 June 2018. Picture: Jacques Nelles

While the majority of South Africans are finding ways of entertaining themselves during the national lockdown, those recovering from a substance addiction are at risk of relapsing during isolation. A healthy routine of interacting with people and regular gatherings are vital in the recovery process. But isolation amid a feared global pandemic could affect the discipline of a recovering user. “All that free time makes it difficult to stay busy and engaged all the time. Throw in the mix the coronavirus and having to stay at home and you have yourself a perfect recipe for poor decision making, restlessness, loneliness,...

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