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Michigan Therapist: Pandemic Increases Hardship
for Those in Recovery from Addiction
The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing havoc to many people who are in recovery from substance abuse disorders. The pandemic is causing anxiety over health issues and job losses, and it creates another problem for those in recovery: social isolation.
According to East Lansing addiction therapist, Timothy Wulff, “I believe the hardest thing for addicts during the pandemic has been social isolation. Being cut off from other people is a trigger for relapse. It is hard to recover alone—without social support.” Wulff is author of the new book, The Addiction Battle—Three Tools to End It Now (Addicus Books 2020). “Therefore, I would encourage people to be very aggressive with social engagement. Many therapists, therapy groups, and self-help groups are offering online meetings as an alternative to meeting in person. The important thing is to reach out and stay connected.”
Wulff, who has been an addiction therapist for thirteen years, hopes the tools he discusses in the book will help those struggling with addiction. The tools he discusses are: anger, “healthy” selfishness, and learning to stand up for one’s own needs and feelings. “Anger is a powerful emotion that can be used to protect yourself,” he explains. “Healthy selfishness means good self-care—without it, addiction continues. And thirdly, standing up for one’s self and not being a people pleaser is also important to recovery.”
According to Wulff, these tools are already part of each of us, and learning to use them to take care of one’s self will help overcome addictions. Can one recover alone? “It is possible,” said Wulff, “but it is much harder to do alone. We humans are social beings—we need others.”
Timothy Wulff, MSW, has been an addiction therapist since 2007. He is currently is
private practice with Comprehensive Psychological Services in East Lansing, Michigan.
Author Available for Interviews
To schedule an interview with Timothy Wulff, you may contact him directly:
Phone: (517) 231-7933.