The Disease of Isolation during COVID-19
The definition of addiction, according to American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), is “a treatable, chronic medical disease involving interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences”. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue, despite harmful consequences. Addiction becomes a relationship between the individual and substance instead of human to human.
Our natural instinct is to be social with others. As addiction seeps in it destroys an individual’s ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships, which in return causes isolation. The more attached the individual becomes to substance the more they pull away from friends and family.
COVID-19 created the perfect storm for a rise in substance use.
It is projected that COVID-19 will leave nearly 30 million American people jobless. This leaves Americans without health insurance or other benefits, and causes a rise in street drugs including opioids, methamphetamines, and alcohol.
These times have created stress, cravings and hopelessness in those with present and prior substance use. The stay at home orders, lay-offs, and closing of all public facilities has restricted people from having social interactions. During these times of elevated anxiety and fear it is easy to turn to substance use to cope with these feelings.
Right now it is more crucial than ever to reach out to those who are struggling with substance use disorder and let them know there are resources available.
Telemedicine is a great way to begin Medication Assisted Treatment Program or reach out for virtual counseling.
We offer treatment of Heroin, Methamphetamine, Opiate and Alcohol use disorder virtually or in office.
Please contact us for more information