Lockdown has been stressful for all of us whether you’re a key worker on the frontline, your kitchen has become your office (and also your child’s nursery!), or being furloughed has landed you with a huge amount of free time. Understandably, many people have been turning to alcohol and other drugs. If you’re one of these people, here’s some tips to keep yourself safe and well.


Avoid Sharing

Sharing drinks, drugs and paraphernalia (snorting tubes, bongs, flat surfaces etc.) is common practice in many social circles. However, this is a great way of spreading coronavirus (and in the case of snorting tubes, blood borne viruses like Hepatitis C). Keep your stash to yourself and make sure to practice proper hygiene by wiping down surfaces used to prepare drugs with an antiviral wipe. Just because nobody in your group has symptoms, doesn’t mean that nobody has the virus. 

Look After Your Body

Taking drugs, particularly stimulants like cocaine and MDMA, will have a negative effect on your immune system. As will drinking alcohol. Smoking cannabis, tobacco or anything else will have a negative effect on your lung health. Both these things will make you more vulnerable to coronavirus. If you choose to use cannabis, consider buying vape or making some edibles. If you’re using other drugs (including alcohol), don’t exceed the recommended dose, make sure you stay hydrated and eat plenty of healthy foods to help your body recover.

Avoid Self-Medicating

It’s possible you’re feeling more anxious or stressed during lockdown and the temptation to self-medicate is high. Self-medicating might sort out your worries in the short term but regular hangovers or comedowns will have a negative impact on your mental health in the long-run. Try doing other activities to take your mind off the stresses of lockdown life, like meditation, exercise or cooking a nutritious meal. If you’re worried about your mental health, try speaking to your GP or contact VitaMinds for confidential mental health support.

Keep an Eye On Your Use

At the moment, it’s easy to lose track of the days and just as easy to lose track of your drug and alcohol use. Try to monitor how often you’re using and how much you use each time. If you feel like things are getting out of control, take a break. A good way to prevent overuse is to only buy what you plan on taking that day/night. Breaking Free Online is a great tool to help you develop strategies to deal with cravings and urges (you can sign-up with our access code ‘BDP01’). If you’re not sure what your use is like compared to other people, try looking at the Drugs Meter. It’s also important to keep an eye on your mates. Make sure they know if they’re having a bad time its ok to come to you for support. Being able to talk honestly about your drug use is one of the best ways to stop things going sideways.

 

If you’re concerned about your use of alcohol or other drugs, or the use of a friend or family member, give us a call on 01179896000 for free, confidential advice and support.

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