In this current situation, many of us find ourselves using chemsex, drugs or alcohol more, as we have more free time, and less to do in that time. For some, this is compounded by being furloughed/made unemployed, which adds further complexity to our time management.
We know that our usual work routine helps keep us on track during our ‘working week’, and the sudden removal of this routine is exciting for some. For others, anything is possible without the constraint of needing to be sober and functioning for work.
Feelings of boredom/loneliness/economic stress can lead to a time of increased recreational drinking and drug taking. For some, this is something controllable, and does not impact their day to day life. If you notice your intake change, and it concerns you, what should you do?
Don’t – smoke, drink or use drugs to deal with your emotions
D0 – structure your day with things that you can realistically achieve
Finding your balance amidst this is helpful, and establishing a new routine that works for you is a great tool for many people. Whilst you may not need to be sitting at your desk daily, you may decide to undertake free online courses, dedicate time daily to catching up on reading, exercising, meeting friends etc.
Making conscious choices regarding our time use helps avoid days that seem endless and perhaps boring. For many, using alcohol and drugs can make life seem more exciting and help pass the time. Sustained periods of time like this can lead to feeling a loss of control over our intake. If this is where you find yourself today, here are some resources you may find useful.
If you’re considering having a break from drugs, alcohol or chemsex, we are running online support via email for people in need
For LGBT people using drugs or alcohol, Antidote at London Friend is running home support