A stressful event like a hurricane can also bring unwanted cravings and feelings for those new in recovery, so we want to make sure that you are armed with the facts so that you can stay safe and sober during a storm.
What To Do Before A Hurricane
Whether you are leaving or staying, you will want to prepare yourself. Make sure that all windows and doors are covered, any loose items on your property are stored away inside, all vehicles are brought into a garage or parked somewhere safe, and gather all hurricane supplies.
Connect with your sponsor and sober supports during this time, have your literature with you in case you need some additional support during the storm, and get to as many meetings prior as you can. Don’t forget to meditate during this time; it can be a great way to relax and de-stress.
What To Do During A Hurricane
Make sure you have safe place to go if your location is vulnerable during the storm, like somewhere with a strong structure and no windows. Do not go outside during or after the storm, especially if you are in the eye of the hurricane – this is how many people get injured during and after. Read your recovery literature and make sure you are sharing your feelings with those around you, especially if you are having a craving and there are substances or liquor around. The more you share the less power the disease of addiction has over you.
What To Do After A Hurricane
Be careful when going outside, there could be active wires and debris on the ground that can harm you. Make sure your place is safe and if you can, contact your sponsor and sober supports at this time to check in. Assess the damage to see if you are able to attend a meeting and take it step-by-step.
Hurricane Information Recovery
Hurricanes can and do cause destruction, but that does not mean you have to lose your sobriety over it. You can and will stay sober if you are willing to apply the steps into your life, turn it over to your higher power, and let others help you during this time. After the storm has passed, there will be plenty of time to also be of service and help others, which is a wonderful way to continue on your path in recovery.
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