Oct 13, 2021
Light Drinkers Reach Sobriety with Digital Peer Coaching
It’s no secret that the pandemic has brought abrupt changes to our lives. Before Covid, many Americans had routines, such as daily commutes to and from work, picking children up from school, socializing on the weekends and holidays, and other tasks that were a part of their daily lives that suddenly came to a screeching halt.
The changes that we have faced due to the pandemic have played a significant role in increasing alcohol consumption; a recent study shows that Americans drastically increased their alcohol intake to cope with stress, boredom, and other mental health symptoms. However, as we are adjusting to the new normal, some are looking to curb drinking or quit altogether. Recovery resources such as Heritage CARES combat the entire spectrum of alcoholism and teach education on stress management, substance misuse, and suicidal ideation. In addition, peer coaches offer a personable and manageable approach to lifestyle changes.
While some moderate drinkers have become self-aware of their increase in alcohol consumption, they wouldn’t see themselves as having a severe drinking problem. Many still maintain daily tasks such as work, school, and other necessities. Peer coaching provides support wherever they are on the spectrum, and mobile devices offer the flexibility of speaking with their peer coach around their schedules. Moderate drinkers may not consume alcohol to the point of passing out or job loss but, speaking with a peer coach before these events can help decrease chances of dependency.
Heritage CARES understands that fear and shame are two known barriers to seeking treatment. Moderate drinkers can speak to their peer coaches within the privacy of their homes and receive convenient and discreet support. Because digital peer coaching offers the power to choose comfortable, private locations for support, moderate drinkers can get the help they need without fear of stigma or judgment.
No matter where participants fall on the spectrum of alcohol consumption, there are resources to help with limiting the desire to drink and promote recovery and increased mental health. The peer coaches at Heritage CARES are state-certified, NAADAC credentialed, and specially trained in Assertive Community Engagement (ACE) principles by the nation’s leading recovery support experts. They are available 24/7/365 to support anyone interested in any level of recovery. Learn more about how we can help with your journey at https://bit.ly/3gZiCOV.