Whether you are a regular drug user needing help, someone in recovery, or you’re watching someone vanish in the abyss of addiction; the past two years have been indescribable. Managing the insanity of the pandemic has not been easy for anyone with a history of substance use.
Large numbers of drug users have reported increases in substance use. In addition, there has been a heightened fear of relapse and overdose. The impact of COVID-19 on substance use is significant. Yet there are solutions and tips to re-establish balance, prevent overdose, find treatment, or maintain sobriety through what is to come.
According to a Canadian Association of Mental Health survey published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, one in fourteen respondents, or 7%, indicated they had relapsed during COVID.
The primary factor in relapse was all the time spent alone and isolated with all the pandemic restrictions. Unfortunately, it is difficult to know the true rate of relapse during isolation periods and restrictions.
However, there are actionable solutions, and here are the top five ways to stay in control:
Every action or step forward may seem minor, or it may feel like nothing has been accomplished. Yet, for someone addicted to drugs or alcohol or anyone in recovery, the smallest step forward during COVID insanity is lifesaving.
Ask yourself what you can do to get help or how you can make your sobriety more attainable and long-lasting. It could begin with recognizing your increased substance use, preventing relapse, or coming through the other side of an overdose, realizing you need drug rehab.
COVID-19 related stresses are disproportionately impacting people with a history of substance use. However, the solutions are there, and the resources are closer than you think.