COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus that has left the world worrisome of the health of themselves and their loved ones. The quick spread of this virus and the lasting health effects to even those who recover is something everyone should be aware of. Since before 2020, this virus has affected dozens of countries. But, here in the United States, the number of cases is still on the rise. Thus, meaning we still need to keep safe and practice precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay in our personal lives. While the virus is affecting virtually every aspect of our lives, we still need to live and take care of ourselves. So, this leaves us wondering what we should or shouldn’t do – even when it comes to taking care of our own mental health and substance abuse help.
Coronavirus and Substance Abuse Disorder Facts
Certainly, there are things that we should steer clear of in order to keep the virus from spreading. However, there are some things that need to be addressed – even though our nation is still fighting to keep this virus from spreading.
According to the National Institutes on Health, people who are most susceptible to the COVID-19 are people who are elderly or have underlying health issues. And, people with underlying health issues include people who are living with mental health issues, including substance abuse disorder.
Additionally, individuals with substance abuse disorder are more susceptible to contracting the virus. And, those that do are at a greater risk for living with long term, debilitating, psychological side effects as a result.
Recognizing and Accepting the Need for Help
Again -individuals living with addiction are at a higher risk for infection and negative psychological impairments due to the virus. So, it’s important that individuals who are living in active addiction understand the importance of getting help. However, because the virus is still spreading, many people think they shouldn’t get help for their addiction at this time. But, this is a grave mistake.
COVID-19 has been affecting American citizens since March 2020. But, addiction is something that has been taking American lives for decades. Sadly, according to Wikipedia, there have been almost 4 million people in the United States that have contracted the coronavirus since March (to date). But, that number pales in comparison to the number of people in our country that live with addiction every day. Over 23 million people in our country are living with a substance abuse disorder of some kind. And, unfortunately, just like COVID-19, many of these individuals will perish.
During this uncertain time, more and more people living with substance abuse disorders are finding themselves battling issues alone. With rising death rates, mental health symptoms brought about by loneliness and isolation, and other psychological effects of this pandemic, individuals living with addiction need help now more than ever.
Substance Abuse Help in the Wake of the Pandemic
COVID-19 patients don’t have access to vaccinations or medication, but there are a number of helpful resources for addicted individuals. So, there is hope for people living with an addiction – even in such a dire situation. Face-to-face treatments may not be everyone’s go-to resource for help due to safety precautions. But, there are still other outlets available that provide support and guidance.
For example, at Willow Place for Women, we are continuing to offer support for women living with substance abuse disorders. We’re doing so by offering telehealth services and counseling over the internet. Thus, keeping women in our care accountable. And providing them with a safe and supportive space to learn, grow, and heal.
Are you or a loved one being affected negatively by the effects of the current pandemic? Are substance abuse issues are seeming to worsen? If so, we are here for you. Contact us today right from our website or give us a call at 1-888-651-4212 to learn about how we’re still offering services for those living with addiction.