The Delta Variant: August 2021 Update

For a short period of time, it was starting to look like COVID-19 was something of the past. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. With various strain mutations floating around, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reinforced strict guidelines, recommending even those with the vaccination wear masks and continue to social distance.

While there are many different strains, the Delta variant is the predominate strain in the United States at this time. While the symptoms are similar to those of the original strain, the Delta variant is more infectious and more likely to cause unvaccinated people to be hospitalized.

Unfortunately, fully vaccinated people can still be infected with and transmit the Delta variant of COVID-19, but they are much less likely to experience adverse symptoms. Many vaccinated people who are infected with the Delta variant are asymptomatic. The CDC also states that vaccinated people are infectious for a shorter period of time, only highlighting the importance of increased vaccination coverage in the United States.

As of right now, 72.2% of all American adults in the United States have received at least one vaccination; 61.8% of adults are fully vaccinated.

Due to the reinforcement of mask mandates and stay at home orders, many people are turning to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with health anxiety, insomnia, or other mental health issues the pandemic is causing. Many are also experiencing increased loneliness and boredom, which may cause them to try new substances or relapse if they’re in recovery.

One recent study showed that 47% of people had reported an increase in substance abuse since the start of COVID-19; when users couldn’t get access to prescription drugs, they turned to non-prescription alternative to stop withdrawals.

Thankfully, during this time rehabilitation centers have stayed open to accommodate the increase in substance abuse so that people can still get the treatment they need.

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 US nearly 260 million doses have been administered. Many people are clamoring to get the vaccine, as it promises a step towards normalcy.

  • US COVID-19 Deaths: 581,000
  • Percent of US Population With 1 Vaccine Dose: 46.6%
  • Percent of US 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 (SUD). 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 from PTSD, anxiety, and similar disorders are at much higher risks for SUDs. 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.

SUDs 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 the answers to questions like:

  • 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 a program for you or your loved one. Reach out today.

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