When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it disrupted everyone’s life and impacted everything. While the world seems to have stopped, at Olympia House, we know that the path to recovery can’t.
This pandemic has put all of us under a lot of stress, which may amplify the risks of drug and alcohol addiction.
During this time, Olympia House Rehab remains open and available to serve those on the journey towards sobriety. We acknowledge that this new landscape poses unique challenges for those struggling with addiction, and we are committed to keeping our residents safe and healthy.
Health Risks for Addicts During COVID-19
Long-term drug and alcohol use lead to a weakened immune system. With COVID-19 still very prevalent in our society, this means that those with a history of addiction are more at risk.
The virus infects the cells of our respiratory system so those who have a history of smoking, have heart or lung damage or have a substance abuse disorder are more vulnerable. It is crucial that we stay healthy and sober during this time.
Social Distancing: How Isolation Can Impact Addiction
At Olympia House, we recognize the need to treat co-occurring disorders. Co-occurring disorders are any mental illnesses that occur at the same time as a substance abuse disorder.
Addiction may be brought on by underlying issues such as loneliness, depression, and isolation.
To stay safe and limit the spread of the coronavirus, we have to distance ourselves from others physically. However, this can amplify addiction cravings. We recover from addiction in a community.
Even though we are social distancing, we don’t have to be in social isolation. It is more important than ever to reach out to friends and family for support.
The stress of the pandemic can bring forth harmful coping mechanisms, mental health issues, and increased risk of substance abuse. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, now is the time to seek treatment. Please reach out to us today.
Here’s 5 Simple Tips on Recovery During COVID-19
We have compiled a list of tips on how to maintain sobriety during this stressful time. We are here to support you through the journey of recovery.
1. Take breaks from the news
While it is necessary to remain informed of what is happening, we must also limit our exposure to stress to protect our mental health.
2. Stay connected
With social distancing, you may feel detached from support systems, programs that help you stay sober. Talk to others remotely about concerns and how we are feeling during this time.
Healthy social connections can certainly help to fuel our motivation to stay sober.
3. Take advantage of online resources
We could direct our extra time towards engaging in online tools and online recovery resources.
4. Maintain a schedule or routine
Our options for how to spend our days are currently limited, but we have to stay busy. Starting a new hobby to add value to your life could provide a sense of pride and accomplishment.
5. Take care of yourself
Eat, sleep, exercise, and care for your needs. Lean on others for support and stability.
Addiction doesn’t stop, and neither do we. Don’t hold off on beginning your journey towards recovery. The time to begin is always today. Get started by contacting Olympia House Rehab.