Did you know that globally some 36 million people are estimated to suffer from drug use disorders? You are not alone.
COVID-19 presents challenges for all of us, but those struggling with addiction are particularly vulnerable during this time. Not only does this change how you receive help, but the effects of uncertainty and stress could also trigger a relapse for those already in recovery.
Social support and active involvement in a program play a huge role in recovery and widespread shutdowns and social distancing measures have made it difficult for those seeking treatment. Truth is, addiction is a daily struggle and the tools on which you normally rely on have changed. The good news is that there is help out there. Rehab facilities, treatment centres, support meetings, and individual therapy sessions have become virtual, where many providers are offering telephonic and online assistance.
Finding support during this difficult time is essential for both your mental and physical health. So, if you’re struggling, be sure to talk to your doctor or a mental health expert. In addition to direct care, they can help to bring you in contact with online resources.
Continuing the effort you’ve already put into recovery is crucial.
No matter how challenging things might feel right now, you’ve come a long way. Respecting your journey so far and continuing to work toward the future can help you stay grounded.
Remember, you are not weak for struggling, you are strong for continuing to fight.
Source: kansascity.com, webmd.com, forbes.com, phillyvoice.com, southcoastherald.co.za, oceanrecoverycentre.com, unodc.org, healthline.com, about.kaiserpermanente.org, medicine.umich.edu, ehstoday.com, addictioncenter.com, verywellmind.com
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