These images were created to help people cope with effects of alcohol and other drug use while in lockdown by giving some helpful tips and advice, and can continue to be shared to help support others as we move through alert levels.
Some things to consider when sharing these images:
Share these GIFs to help people you care about cope with cravings. Click on the images below to view the animations and download them.
Cravings are tough, but they will pass. Here's a simple tip that could really help those you care about. Breathe in slowly and steadily, hold for two seconds, breath out slowly, then repeat.
When someone is having cravings, their body might be needing something else. Share the HALTS animation which takes people through five simple questions.
Progressive muscle relaxation
This exercise can be an effective tool to help cravings by reducing overall body tension and stress.
These still images can help show people what actions they can take to manage cravings. Actions involve planning your day, taking a pause, distracting yourself, and breathing more slowly.
Being more socially distant can be tough for people who have been using alcohol or other drugs regularly. Share the below information with people you care about to help them recognise and manage withdrawal symptoms.
Substance withdrawal can cause people to have disrupted sleep. These images have some helpful tips for people to try if they are finding it difficult to sleep.
It can take many months for someone’s brain to adjust from regular methamphetamine use. This image can help people know what to expect when withdrawing from methamphetamine.
People may find it difficult to manage their alcohol and other drug use both during and after lockdown. Share the below images to help people consider ways to keep themselves safe during this time.
Some people may choose to continue using drugs during this period. Share this image to help them be safer, and avoid spreading COVID-19.
Some people may decide to take a break from alcohol and other drugs during Level 2. Share these images to support them and let them know some tips to help them reduce their use.
We have been getting used to living closely with each other in our bubbles. Even in alert level 2, it is important to consider what is OK, how to address issues, and how to support people we care about. Share the below images to help people reflect on these things.
Some people may be worried about issues arising in their bubble. Share these images to help people agree what is OK and set some boundaries - particularly if you have decided to reconnect with other close friends and whānau under alert level 2.
Share these images to help people understand that it’s OK to for people to honestly think and talk about their alcohol and other drug use.
Some people may be experiencing problems in their bubble due to alcohol or other drug use by people in their bubble. Share these images which can provide them with some helpful tips for conversations to address issues.
Some people may be supporting a member of their bubble through withdrawal. Share these images to help them explore questions with those they live with.
Some people may find that they, and the people they live with, started drinking more during lockdown or are starting to do so under level 2. Share this image that includes some helpful tips for cutting down.
Some people may be worried about how someone they care about is coping during this time, especially if they were outside their bubble during isolation. Share these images to give them some helpful tips and remind people to be kind to themselves during this time.
Back to top