Truth be told, the current coronavirus pandemic is striking fear and concern in countless hearts. Its global impact is a force to be reckoned with and many individuals are unsure about what they should do during this time. The COVID-19 virus has certainly brought much unrest to homes, causing schools to close their doors and leaving many employees without work. With quarantines and curfews set in place, a lot of people are finding themselves stuck at home with very little to do. This, unfortunately, can possibly lead to some negative consequences in the lives of those who suffer from addiction.

Finding Hope in the Midst of COVID-19

Addiction treatment centers are designed to help end the personal crisis of addiction. So, whether you are looking for a residential program or telehealth advice, know that you can find exactly what you need, even in the midst of the world’s current situation. 

Of course, it’s certainly clear that coronavirus and addiction do not have a “cause and effect” connection. But it’s important to discuss the way in which this current pandemic can affect individuals who are in recovery from substance dependence.

Often, individuals who suffer from addiction struggle even more severely when experiencing difficulties or challenging situations. Stress and anxiety can lead individuals to use drugs or alcohol even more excessively. This makes treatment in the time of crisis even more valuable.

Being at home, whether alone or with others, can be difficult. Loneliness and idleness can be some very powerful enemies to those in recovery from addiction. Both of these issues can cause people to begin thinking about things they used to do in order to avoid feeling empty or even bored. Drug use or alcohol use may become prevalent thoughts in their minds.

Again, this is why it is so important to seek help for substance dependence right away. In getting help for addiction, you can also gain the skills you need in order to manage stress, anxiety, fear, loneliness and any other triggers that may lead to substance use. You will also find comfort in surrounding yourself with people who are also working toward freedom from addiction.

Social Distancing and Recovery Meetings

The idea of social distancing is undoubtedly an important one during this global pandemic. However, it may prevent people in recovery from being able to do what is necessary in order to maintain a life that is free from addiction. One of the things that often helps people to stay on track in recovery is support. Individuals often get this support from recovery group meetings. But, with the current mandates and recommendations in place, it might be both challenging and unadvisable for groups to meet. As a result of these changes, individuals may struggle to continue working toward recovery. 

However, regardless of the challenges that COVID-19 is posing to those in recovery, there is still hope for those working toward an addiction-free future. Here at Discovery Institute, we are dedicated to helping you find that hope and overcome the effects of addiction in your life.

Accessing the Resources You Need

The truth of the matter is that, despite the challenges that are present, individuals still need help overcoming addiction. Fortunately, many substance dependence treatment centers are still open and ready to care for those who are struggling. This includes our facility here at Discovery Institute. So, if you’ve been struggling with alcohol or drug dependence, know that there is no time like the present to seek help.

Addiction has a way of changing people’s lives in very negative and harmful ways. It can come between spouses. It can cause problems at work and at home. Addiction can affect people’s daily, everyday lives and eventually lead to major health complications. Perhaps you are beginning to see some of the negative effects of addiction in your own life. If so, know that there is hope for you. Choosing to get help can make all the difference in your life.

Here at our treatment facility, we offer various resources to help our members find total healing from the impact of substance dependence. Our programs include:

We are all facing a very real problem as COVID-19 poses serious threats. But, this truth should not hinder you from doing what is necessary in order to become a healthier and safer individual. While you are in the midst of change and uncertainty, you can make the choice to gain the stability and peace that come with addiction recovery.

Addressing Your Concerns About Treatment During a Pandemic

Individuals who are suffering from addiction may feel unsafe or uncomfortable while at their treatment facility. While the world is struggling with various concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus, many individuals who are away from their families and familiar surroundings may begin to feel very unsettled. But, in all truth, your treatment facility is one of the safest places for you to be at this time. 

No doubt, you went through quite a bit before you decided to reach out for help for addiction. It’s not easy to make this choice. But, fortunately, you took a step toward recovery by simply contacting us here at Discovery Institute. Now that you are on the road to a new and healthier way of life, it’s important to avoid doing anything that may be detrimental to your recovery.

Here at Discovery Institute, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for each of those who come to us for treatment. In doing so, we work to offer individuals a place where they can feel at peace, even in the midst of the chaos and worry that is present in our world. 

With that being said, our team of trained professionals wants you to know that we will take the necessary precautions, both now and always, to keep you safe while you’re at our facility. Please know that, should you have any concerns, we are here to help you and your family throughout this time. Whether you are currently getting treatment here at Discovery or you have a loved one in our treatment programs, contact us to learn more about our precautionary efforts during this challenging time for our nation and our world. Above all, know that we are all working together to help end this crisis.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.