The Connection Between Mental Health Disorders and Addiction Until recently,... Read More
Written By Legacy Healing Center - Mar 18 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of millions of people worldwide and upended the lives of countless millions more. Even if the disease itself has not directly impacted you, you have undoubtedly felt the effects of social isolation, depression, financial strain, and other challenges, many of which have been proven to increase the risk of substance abuse and addiction.
Given the inherent mental health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns and social isolation, it should come as no surprise that substance abuse, addiction, and overdose have risen right along with coronavirus case numbers. Whether you have a history of addiction and alcoholism or not, it is important to be on the lookout for these genuine dangers, even as you take steps to protect yourself from the COVID-19 virus itself.
Drug addiction and alcoholism are serious illnesses, but they do not take place in a vacuum. Every addict and alcoholic has a unique story to tell, and everyone who suffers from these dangerous dependencies got there in their own way.
Several factors, both personal and societal, tend to drive substance abuse and impact the mental health of the men and women who suffer from it. And most troubling of all, many of these factors have been exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic and how public health officials have reacted in fighting the disease. The contributing factors for substance abuse that are being made worse by the pandemic include:
According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a rise in overdose deaths in the United States. In the 12 months leading up to May 2020 alone, there were more than 81,000 overdoses, a marked increase on what had already been a high level.
The CDC carefully monitors this increase in overdoses, addiction, and death, but the family members of those addicted can do much more than watch. If you are concerned that a loved one is depressed, isolated, and alone, reach out to them, even if it is just on the other side of a video screen. And while you are having that conversation, we encourage you to reach out to Legacy Healing Center for the help and guidance you need.
There has been a marked increase in addiction and alcoholism during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of that increase can be traced to the pandemic’s effects and how the world has reacted. COVID-19 has created a perfect storm of dependency and increased demand for drug and alcohol treatment services, from increases in social isolation and feelings of despair to ongoing financial uncertainty and family stress.
Drug and alcohol treatment centers, including Legacy Healing Center, have restructured significantly, taking steps to keep their clients safe and comfortable as they walk their personal paths to recovery. Precautions include screening incoming clients for symptoms of COVID-19 and implementing pre-admission temperature checks to regularly testing for the virus. We also implemented a thorough cleaning and sanitizing process of surfaces and mask requirements to enforcing social distancing measures. Everything we have done is designed to keep everyone safe, not only from coronavirus but also from the dangers of substance use disorder.
Call us today at 888.534.2295 for more information or to begin your recovery journey.