Like many others, life during a pandemic has left me feeling like I don’t have control of so many things or so many areas of my life. This reminds of Steven Covey’s work on our Circles of Influence and Circles of Concern.
Picture an inner and outer circle. The outer circle, called the Circle of Concern, contains things that we are interested in, that we care about, and that may affect us, but over which we have minimal control.
The inner, called the Circle of Influence, contains things we can control or influence. The more time spent in the Circle of Concern, the more our Circle of Influence diminishes.
Commit to Your Circle of Influence During COVID-19
When people are reactive as opposed to proactive, they are focusing on the Circle of Concern, spending time and energy on things they can do nothing about.
As a nation (hopefully) most of us are practicing social distancing and all of the directives provided by the CDC and our respective local governments. These are actions squarely in our Circle of Influence because we can control them.
In the face of COVID-19, many patients are working within their Circle of Influence as they commit to dealing with their substance use issues. Many online resources exist for people to find inspiration and connection to help them stay sober. Others are actually choosing this time to get sober.
This pandemic has presented an opportunity for many people to detox off heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, kratom, methadone, or buprenorphine. Patients are taking advantage of imposed isolation restrictions, work from home schedules, or minimal structure to get off opioids through our accelerated opioid detox process.
A Future of Sobriety Despite Coronavirus
Our office has instituted measures to make the detox process even safer and more streamlined, without compromising patient comfort or support to their family/friend. Face to face time with patients is kept to a minimum, while phone access to a provider remains available 24/7. We are serving our family practice patients through telephone appointments so that traffic in the office is reserved for those patients going through the accelerated detox process.
The most common prediction I hear is if we do social distancing well, things will be approaching normal by summer. But who really knows? That clearly falls into the Circle of Concern. What I do know is that patients who make the decision to detox today will have 90 days of sobriety under their belt by the summer of 2020.
If you are considering a detox now, please understand that the screening process is more thorough; we want to protect our patients and our staff. We are committed to meeting you where you are, and if this is the best time for you to stop using opioids, we can help.
Please call us at 877-773-3869, and stay safe.
Joan R. Shepherd, FNP