NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Many of us have been practicing social distancing by staying at home, but for those in recovery, isolation can be dangerous.
"The disease of addiction thrives in isolation and so in community, we heal. So, it's absolutely necessary to keep that going," Darren Hobbs, Co-Owner of the Nashville Recovery Center said.
Hobbs knows how important a strong support system can be on the path to sobriety. He's recovering from alcohol and drugs.
"I think it's the most valuable thing that we have is connecting to other people," Hobbs said.
The community space at the Nashville Recovery Center is usually filled with people.
Now their doors are closed to the public to keep the coronavirus from spreading. It's only for staff and those who live on site for extended care.
"My biggest fear for those in recovery that are maybe just getting started can feel overwhelmed and isolated and maybe not reach out to that person that they would normally contact," Hobbs said.
A place known for hosting 18 recovery related meetings per week has now shifted their resources online. Many 12 step meetings are happening on platforms like FaceTime or Zoom.
Hobbs said it's a different experience at first, but he's still getting that connection with another person.
For those worried about recovery options during this time, Hobbs said there's help out there.
"Now is not the time to lose hope. I can tell you that now is the time to reach out," Hobbs said.
Social media is key for that.
Hobbs said you should still talk with someone about your good and bad days. The only thing that's changed is how you're talking with them.
During this time, the center is offering free outpatient services to those struggling with addiction.
Ryan Cain, President of Nashville Recovery Center sent News4 the following letter:
To Our Nashville Community:
We have all been severely impacted by both the tornadoes and now the COVID-19 pandemic. Our day to day lives changed almost instantly, and each day seems to bring more challenges. Unfortunately, addiction and substance use does not take a break just because we are quarantined. In fact, the isolation and anxiety we are all experiencing can be a catalyst for additional triggers to use or act out. To make matters worse, regular 12-step meetings, recovery community events, and treatment centers are less available than ever before.
Nashville Recovery Center and N Rhythm Recovery Residences wants to be part of the solution. We have added additional intensive outpatient treatment groups at our west Nashville location beginning Monday, March 23rd. These groups will be smaller to allow for appropriate social distancing and they will be shorter in duration each day than our regular IOP groups. We are accepting new clients now until our new, smaller groups are full at no cost. No insurance. No cash. We just want to help. The only requirement for any attendee for our IOP groups is to be screened upon intake by our medical director for any symptoms of the virus. The cost for this screening is $75. If you need help or are interested in our IOP group, please call us at 615-753-0482 or 615-598-6036. www.nashvilleiop.com
In addition, we are also offering sober living solutions for anyone displaced or looking for safe living while we wait out this pandemic. Our residences are offering beds for men and women who need help and a safe place. We will help with financial scholarships for ANYONE who needs help today until our beds are full. Medical clearance MUST be provided by our physician prior to intake. Please reach out today so we can help. 615-753-0482 or 615-598-6036. www.livingnrhythm.com
Thank you for trusting in us. We are all trying to do the best we can during these tough times.
President, Nashville Recovery Center