Over the last year, our lives have changed in ways we could never have imagined, and it's normal to feel worried, stressed, or tired. Have you been drinking more to cope with how you're feeling?
If you have, you're not alone. Living with coronavirus and lockdowns has piled lots of extra pressure on us, which has led to lots of people drinking more than normal at home. Maybe you've lost your job, you're working less hours, or you're worried about losing your job. Or maybe you're having money problems and you're worried about how you're going to cope.
Not being able to see and hug our loved ones means we're probably all feeling isolated and lonely, and drinking alcohol can seem like a good way to deal with those feelings.
The problem is, it's easy to get stuck in a cycle of drinking, which makes things worse instead of helping. You might be getting worried about how much alcohol you're drinking, or you might have already tried to stop drinking and realised you can't. The good news is, from now on you're no longer on your own. We're here to help you.
We've got lots of information about organisations which can help you with your drinking, as well as advice about the impact of alcohol on your health, and the unseen harms which can affect you, your partner, and your children.
Middlesbrough's alcohol treatment service, CGL (Change, Grow, Live) has put together a self-help booklet, which will help you understand and work towards the changes you need to make. It's a great first step in your journey to changing your relationship with alcohol. You can request your free self-help booklet online.
Are you struggling with being in yet another lockdown? You're not the only one. Kerri from CGL has been talking about lockdown frustration.
Change, Grow, Live (CGL)
Free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults and young people in Middlesbrough.
Phone: 01642 876323
Peer-led substance use recovery group, offering recovery support, residential rehab, and families and carers support.
Phone: 01642 351976
Support group for anyone affected by someone else's drug or alcohol use, including parents, partners, siblings, grandparents, and friends.
Phone: 07742090608 (Monday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm) or 07938676579 (Tuesday, 4:30pm to 6:30pm)
Now the government has set out its plans for ending lockdown, you might be feeling a bit worried about going back to work, or places where you'll be around lots of people. The Mental Health Foundation has a great guide to looking after your mental health as we come out of lockdown.
We're really enjoying CGL's podcasts, check out the Quickfix Podcast YouTube channel to find them all, or check out a few we've been listening to:
- Lockdown frustration
- Top 3 first things to do to get into recovery
- Introduction to the CGL team at Foundations
- About the 12 steps