In light of the public health crisis that has been created by the coronavirus outbreak, everyone has been cut off from the world in their own ways. For individuals who are battling addiction or attempting to succeed in recovery, this limited contact and support can hamper their efforts, or even lead to full-blown relapse or overdose if not properly addressed. There has been a surge in the incidence of opioid use and relapse as a result of the pandemic, and the lack of available support is one of the largest causes.
Initially, most parts of the country shut down entirely, at least for a few weeks, to attempt to get a handle on the situation. Gradually, things started to reopen and come back to life, but many people were left in fear of going out in public at the risk of contracting COVID-19.
The Perfect Storm
All of this resulted in a perfect storm for those struggling with addiction: less social support and positive interaction, general fear and anxiety regarding the state of the world, and fewer available resources since many companies were closed or providing limited services during the first months of this pandemic.
When the world is “locked down”, it can be challenging to find basic everyday services and support, including those for addiction and recovery. Support groups and meetings aren’t happening regularly, or at all, since gatherings are to be avoided as much as possible. Online support groups and meetings are increasing in popularity, but it even took a while for those to get off the ground, leaving many people feeling helpless and alone.
You Are Not Alone
Fortunately, no one has to feel alone in the battle for recovery. Whatever resources they need, there are still treatment centers out there operating under new guidelines and protocols to increase safety and reduce the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks. These facilities understand that people still need their services, and probably need them now more than ever. They’re doing their part to provide as much help and support as possible, including everything from inpatient treatment and detox programs to outpatient services, group therapy, and support groups, and so much more.
Recovery & Support
Everyone is struggling right now, but no one has to go through it alone. If you or someone you love are looking for recovery support for opioid use or other addictions, all you have to do is ask. There are plenty of resources and support options, even in the current state of the world, if you know where to look.