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COVID-19’s Impact on Addiction

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Published: September 29, 2020

Social distancing and stay-at-home orders have been the norm in the US since early March in an attempt to quell the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, these practices have also had an impact on substance use and mental health disorders. Even before the world pandemic took control, millions were under the control of addiction. Unfortunately, since the rise of coronavirus, those numbers are also rising. In particular, many health experts are concerned about the use of opioids and alcohol during these challenging days. Many others are wondering about COVID-19’s impact on addiction in general.

If you are struggling with addiction right now due to coronavirus or other factors, you’re not alone. At Lakeview Health, we strive each day to give every person the tools they need to combat their addiction and any underlying mental health conditions they’re experiencing. To learn about the treatment methods available at our Florida rehabilitation center, contact our team today by calling [Direct].

COVID-19’s Impact on Addiction

It should come as no surprise that coronavirus is impacting the mental health of our nation. Most experts agree that anxiety and other factors of psychological distress have increased significantly since this disease first began taking its toll. Unfortunately, in part due to this increase in mental illness, addiction is also on the rise. The number of opioid overdoses across the United States has spiked. Due to the increased symptoms of anxiety or depression, many are beginning to misuse their prescriptions as a means of handling their mental health. There is also the additional stress of caring for kids, worrying about loved ones, and an overall concern of your own wellbeing that could lead to the temptation of self-medicating.

When the pandemic began, we also saw an increase in alcohol sales, leading many to worry about the drinking habits of those under immense stress.

As if we needed other factors to make the problem worse, the practice of social distancing has led many people to use drugs on their own. Unfortunately, this means that if the person does overdose, there’s no one around to call emergency services or administer medical treatment. There is also a concern about overall safety due to the virus being so contagious. Because people are concerned about their safety when leaving their home, some may not feel comfortable attending addiction treatment programs.

Seeking Treatment During COVID-19 Is Still Possible

When you’re battling addiction, you may feel trapped and alone, but this doesn’t have to be true. At Lakeview Health, we are proud to continue to keep our doors open to serve the members of our community who are battling addiction.

One significant factor in COVID-19’s impact on addiction is its influence on a person’s mental health. If you suffer from anxiety or depression, the seclusion and fear that coronavirus has caused may have doubly impacted you. You are now battling an increase in the symptoms of your mental health condition. As a result, you may have started using substances to counteract these symptoms. Fortunately, we offer dual diagnosis treatment to address both of these conditions simultaneously. When you enroll in our residential treatment program, we work to give you the necessary tools to manage both of these conditions. Due to this treatment option, you’re able to remain sober throughout the stresses and struggles of COVID-19.

Get Treatment at Lakeview Health

At Lakeview Health, we know that COVID-19’s impact on addiction can have long-lasting effects on the lives of the people it touches. However, we also know that our treatment programs can provide the care and support you need to overcome these challenges. Don’t wait another day to find the care you need to recover from substance abuse and addiction. With the proper care, you are able to begin your recovery journey. Taking this step will help to improve your overall health, which can help your immune system.

We offer a range of treatment programs for different substances, including:

Don’t let coronavirus leave you feeling isolated and struggling with addiction. Allow Lakeview Health to come alongside you and support you through this challenging time. To learn more about our treatment programs, contact our team today at [Direct] today.

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