What has been the most challenging part of Covid-19? 

I’m a person in recovery and it’s been tough to see so many people in our community struggling. A lot of our usual resources revolve around coming together in community. While many groups have done a great job of going online, for lots of us it’s just not the same - you can’t grab a coffee before a meeting or give a hug to a recovery friend who might be struggling. For many of us, our addictions thrive in isolation. There’s a lot of folks out there right now facing huge challenges in their recovery because of this.

What has given you strength/ are there any unexpected positives from this time?

I’m a Buddhist and a meditator, and there’s this thing happening with myself and others which reminds me a lot of what happens when I go on a meditation retreat. This pandemic has helped to wack our priorities into place. Similar to going on retreat, where you’re cut off from all communication and everyone you know, you start to see a little more clearly what really matters and what really doesn’t.

Also, having Frankie my dog by my side has been an absolute lifesaver.

 

Who do you wear a mask for? 

I wear a mask for my very dear friend Lia, who has a chronic lung disease and will only be able to move freely in the world once we’re past this curve and have a vaccine.

Sarah Mitchell

34 years old

Director of Supporter Engagement at AllOut.org 🏳️‍🌈