Latest On COVID-19: May 2021

After a year-and-a-half of living with COVID-19, some things have changed. Vaccines have been the focus world-wide, and in the U.S. nearly 260 million doses have been administered. Many people are clamoring to get the vaccine as it promises a step towards normalcy.

  • U.S. COVID-19 Deaths: 581,000
  • Percent of U.S. Population With 1 Vaccine Dose: 46.6%
  • Percent of U.S. Population Fully Vaccinated: 35.2%

While pharmaceutical companies focused on developing and distributing the vaccines worldwide, doctors have been working towards understanding the effects of “long COVID.” People suffering from long COVID-19 show a variety of symptoms for much longer periods of time than the usual 2-3 weeks of COVID sickness, including a continued loss of taste and smell, chronic fatigue, brain fog, and muscle and bone pain. Some research looking into long COVID-19 treatment found that doctors were prescribing higher than average amounts of Opioids. While handling COVID-19 related chronic pain is important, experts worry that over prescribing Opioids could fan the flames of the Opioid epidemic.

The pandemic has been extremely hard on everyone, but especially those people struggling to manage a substance use disorder. Multiple surveys and studies estimate a 13% to 18% increase in substance use during the pandemic. Stress from the pandemic can push anyone to self-medicate, but it has also been found that those people suffering with PTSD, anxiety, and similar disorders are at much higher risks for substance use disorders. Though treatment centers have been open and operating as safely as possible, access to vaccines can help people feel more comfortable engaging in necessary treatment.

Substance Use Disorders During Covid

The battle against addiction is still being fought during the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). While most of the country is in lockdown, many people are finding themselves turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms of drugs and alcohol to deal with this uncertain time. However, you don’t have to go through this alone. Rehabilitation centers are still open, providing essential treatment for people in need. You don’t have to wait; if you or your loved one struggles with an addiction, it is possible to begin recovery today.

Rehab centers provide a safe and therapeutic environment for their patients and staff. The safety and health of everyone is a top priority and extra precautions are being put in place to ensure that. This may be a unique opportunity for you or your loved one to begin treatment. If work, education, or social life have been a factor in postponing treatment, this period of isolation could offer a time to focus on recovery and becoming the best version of yourself.

At a professional rehab center, you can get clean and sober, start therapy, join a support group, and learn ways to manage your cravings. If you’re interested in rehab, please give a call to one of our partners’ treatment providers right away and get answers to your questions, free of charge. With one phone call, you can learn:

  • Do I Need Rehab?
  • How Does Treatment Work?
  • What are my Treatment Options?
  • How Do I Convince my Loved One to Get Help?

In a sea of information, it can be hard to distinguish the facts. Our team is working to give you relevant and accurate information on COVID-19 and its ties to addiction and recovery. There have been reports of increased relapse rates due to the loneliness and anxiety that social isolation causes some people to feel. However, there are a variety of treatment options that are available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inpatient rehab centers are implementing screening and sanitizing precautions to protect everyone involved. Many programs are making use of telehealth to minimize physical contact between patients and counselors. Whatever your concerns may be, a treatment provider can answer your questions and help you find the right program for you or your loved one. Reach out today.

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