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Demand for Addiction Services Increase as COVID-19 Restrictions Cut Availability of Treatment Options
As COVID-19 stay-at-home lockdowns kept most Americans isolated—even from family members–social isolation, rising unemployment, and shutdowns in the service and hospitality sector contribute to a rise in substance abuse and increased rate of addictions.
In fact, experts have already voiced concerns on the secondary effects America is yet to see from COVID-19. There’s expected to be a rise in substance abuse throughout the pandemic. Increased rates of addiction afterward due to the stress of isolation, boredom, decreased access to recovery resources, and unemployment. There’s evidence pointing to this outcome in the sharp increases in alcohol sales and demand for alcohol delivery. With an increase in drug and alcohol addictions, counseling and support from mental health providers will need to increase.
Health care researchers are predicting an increase in alcoholics and suicides due to the coronavirus quarantine. Depending on how long the pandemic lasts, projections from the Robert Graham Center range from an additional 27,644 to 154,037 deaths in the next decade as a result of despair over the pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released staggering new data in August showing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s mental health, particularly for young people. Among people ages 18-24, one in four (25.5%) “seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days,” according to the survey. That translates into 82.5 million young men and women across the country contemplating ending their lives. Furthermore, 40% of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use in the prior 30 days, according to the CDC data.
So where do people find relief in these incredibly stressful times?
Unfortunately, many Americans turn to substances such as alcohol, drugs, food, and even internet addictions as a way to cope with stressful situations. “Stress is particularly problematic for people with addictions because the primary path of managing the spread of this virus is social isolation, and isolation is the most savage of mental illness symptoms…isolation is a risk for a return to substance use or an escalation of use,” says Dayry Hulkow, primary therapist at Arete Recovery.
As a result of social distancing orders health providers need to find new and different ways to meet with patients. Most of whom require immediate or ongoing treatment.
To help facilitate treatment and recovery efforts, many treatment centers have shifted to an online therapy. Through video chats, conference calls, and video meetings, people dealing with a substance use disorder. They can continue to get help while waiting for the social distancing orders to be lifted.
While statistics show overdoses have risen 42 percent since February, Paul K. Burke, executive director at Brooklyn Teen Challenge, says the number of inquiries for help has dropped.
These days, most Adult & Teen Challenge units are back to functioning as before, with precautionary measures in place. These include following Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidelines for taking temperatures, deep cleaning of facilities, and quarantining any positive cases among staff and students for 14 days. People are canceling appointments , in fear of catching the Covid-19 virus. Addiction rehabs and recovery centers encourage relapsed addicts to reach out for help now. Just like any other chronic condition, addictions must be treated soon. Life-threatening situations or suicides could be a possibility.
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Please consider the experienced treatment and support that we provide at Pensacola Men’s Rehab. If you or a loved one struggles with an addiction or life-controlling issue, please give us a call now at (850) 453-4300 to find the best rehab and recovery centers that accept residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to hearing from you!