If connection is the opposite of addiction, what does recovery look like during social distancing?
At addiction recovery facility Desert Solace in Utah, Founders Mark and Jerri Jorgensen believe that “the opposite of addiction is connection.”
In a recent interview, Jerri Jorgensen explained that, “[recovery means] connection to themselves; recognizing who they are at their core.” Specifically, Jorgensen said that recovery involves, “connection with our loved ones, with our spouses, with our kids.”
While state and local governments are increasingly asking residents to stay-at-home or practice social distancing, this sort of connection can be more difficult than ever to find.
During quarantine, it can be difficult to feel connected to other people and our communities. For those recovering from addiction, feelings of isolation can be particularly disastrous.
Common causes of addiction include shame and stress, and in times of financial uncertainty, health crises, and isolation, it can be more difficult than ever to walk the path to recovery. It’s important to have a support network on which to rely while social distancing, to keep on the path to addiction recovery.
That’s why, now more than ever, Desert Solace hopes to provide strength to those battling their addictions.
To help families battling addiction reach this goal, Jerri Jorgensen asked listeners in a recent interview to “reach out for help.”
“[People struggling with addiction or their family members] can call me, I can suggest a place to go. I can suggest good therapists. Or just good resources,” she continued.
The couple’s experiences with Mark’s journey to recovery from pornography addiction led them to open Desert Solace so that they might help other people achieve the success they’ve found.
One of the core values that helped them find success in recovery was the ability to communicate and be vulnerable with one another.
At Desert Solace, communication skills are strengthened through group and private therapy sessions, and alumni are able to stay connected through twice-a-week teleconferencing sessions after inpatient treatment has ended. Spouses of Desert Solace clients are similarly able to connect through weekly calls.
During these difficult times, when we can’t come together in person to support one another in recovery, Jerri Jorgensen hopes that Mark and her experiences can still be of use to others, even as social distancing takes its toll on in-person treatments.
“If you call and you’re not even thinking about residential treatment,” Jorgensen said, “we’re still really good resources. Because we’ve both been there. We’ve lived it.”
Desert Solace is an inpatient addiction treatment center in St. George, Utah. Desert Solace specializes in the treatment of pornography and sex addictions. Additionally, they offer treatment programs for gaming, gambling and substance abuse. Their inpatient facility for porn, sex, gaming, gambling and substance addictions features professional, licensed counselors, a professional chef, equine therapy and more. With ongoing outpatient support for patients and their loved ones via phone calls and online messaging, Desert Solace believes in involving the client’s family in the recovery process.
Note: Article contributed by KHTS AM 1220 & 98.1 FM
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