How Coronavirus is Affecting Opioid Addiction in Our Country

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How Coronavirus is Affecting Opioid Addiction in Our Country

Long before we ever heard of coronavirus, opioid addiction has been an ever-growing problem in our country. “Opioid overdoses accounted for more than 42,000 deaths in 2016.” This is according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, today coronavirus is affecting opioid addiction by demanding all the attention of our healthcare workers over the entire country. Isolation due to the coronavirus is also contributing to more issues with addicts today.

Coronavirus is Affecting Opioid Addiction through Isolation

Due to social distancing and isolation, the coronavirus is affecting opioid addiction in negative ways. Because of being isolated and sheltering in place at home, many recovering addicts are not receiving the support and encouragement that they do in their normal day-to-day activities.

Each recovering addict should take advantage of all of the online services and virtual support meetings you can attend online. Keep in touch with family and friends who will continue to support you. Phone calls and text messages can go a long way in helping you remain sober during this crisis. If you have a sponsor through a support group such as AA or NA, call them when you are feeling cravings or temptations to use. Take advantage of every area of support you can reach. Remember, others are struggling as well.

Individuals who are abusing opioids may be using more of the drugs at this time to self-medicate their loneliness, depression, or boredom. Physicians prescribe opioids for chronic pain. However, individuals abuse these drugs because of the euphoric or “high” feelings that they receive from this substance. It can be very tempting to abuse your medication during isolation and loneliness. However, taking too much of your opioids can be very dangerous.

Should a person overdose on opioids during isolation, there will be no person available to call for help or medical assistance for this individual. More than likely, the overdose will end as a fatality. Time is of the essence if a person overdoses on opioids (or any other substance). If a person is all alone, the chances are more likely to be tragic.

Lifestyle and Vulnerability for Coronavirus Infection

The lifestyle of many addicts makes them more vulnerable to becoming infected with COVID-19. First of all, addicts are more likely to be smokers which leaves them with all sorts of underlying conditions. They already have lung issues and probably cardiovascular disease among many other underlying conditions resulting from the addiction.

Individuals who have severe addictions, such as heroin, for instance, may possibly be homeless and living on the streets in other groups of addicts. With immune systems that are already compromised, they are more susceptible to contracting this disease. And, they more than likely won’t be able to receive medical attention and overcome it. Addicts who are serving jail or prison terms because of non-violent drug charges are more vulnerable to contracting coronavirus also. Living in these close quarters with others makes them more vulnerable to contracting the disease.

Contact A Forever Recovery

If you are struggling with opioid addiction (or any other addiction) during COVID-19, or need more information on how coronavirus is affecting opioid addiction, seek all of the online help that is available for you. Make that phone call to a supportive friend or family member. Reach out when you are at low points in your days. Don’t struggle with this battle alone even though you may be isolated from others physically. Always remember, others care for you and want you to do well.

A Forever Recovery has informed representatives who can help you with questions about addiction and services available to you. One of our representatives can answer any questions or concerns you may have at this time. Remember, help is available.

Resource:

  • hhs.govWhat is the U.S. Opioid Epidemic?

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