It is never easy to get sober. Now, the novel coronavirus outbreak has made things more complicated. Sorting through the fear and panic of a global health crisis is challenging. When addicts and alcoholics get sober, they already face several challenges and barriers to living life without drugs. Add to this recipe social distancing, prolonged isolation, and possibly being stuck inside with toxic family members. You’ll get an even more intense challenge. However, getting sober during the novel coronavirus is [...]
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Alcohol. It’s that cool, bubbly champagne sitting crisply in your palm at brunch, seeming to leave everyone a bit giggly. Or, maybe it’s the fine spirit of sophistication you’re sipping by the fireplace, shooting you into a time of wines older than your parents. Unfortunately, to many people, alcohol isn’t a breath of fresh air. Instead, even for moderate drinkers, alcohol is slow physical destruction. Forget about brunch with your friends and those splotchy nights out slamming shots at the [...]
In 2020, we're witnessing a deadly clash of epidemics - and we might not even realize it. One of these global health crises is the novel coronavirus; the other is the unforgiving opioid pandemic. Unfortunately, neither wide-sweeping ailment seems to have a definite end in sight. As it turns out, alcohol and drug abuse can put drug addicts at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 - or experiencing more severe consequences. Someone who relapses on opioids during the novel coronavirus [...]
Loss is traumatic. Unfortunately, at some point in every person’s life, they will experience some type of loss. From the sudden death of a family member to the cessation of a meaningful relationship with a loved one, losing someone significant can disorient and strip anyone from previous ties with logic. Loss can even increase the risk of someone developing addictive behaviors and unhealthy habits. For this reason, the heartache brought on by losing a loved one is strongly correlated with [...]
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the United States has seen a rise in mental health concerns since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. Sure, it’s only been a couple of months since society adopted self-quarantine and social distancing measures. Still, these months have undoubtedly been dense with fear, financial insecurity, and isolation. For those recovering from substance abuse and mental health disorders, the novel coronavirus outbreak is a challenging storm to withstand. That’s why, if someone relapses on drugs and alcohol during the [...]
In the last week of March, alcohol sales increased by a whopping 55% in the US after the president spoke further on the impending severity of the novel coronavirus. That’s a pretty massive leap. Of course, the liquor industry is reaping these benefits. Even some restaurants are taking advantage of the surge in alcohol sales by offering their customers the option to add alcohol onto their take-out order. Indeed, it’s been easier for most people to purchase liquor than toilet [...]
Many recovering addicts are on the brink of relapse, while others are actively using again. If you’ve relapsed on drugs, you aren’t alone. “Two great epidemics of our generation are intersecting in ways that are additively deadly.” Those are the words of a Massachusetts doctor named Peter Grinspoon in an article by Harvard Health regarding the collision between the opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s recently witnessed the consequences of these two coexisting disasters in his hospital - and [...]
The COVID-19 outbreak is more than just a global pandemic. For those who struggle with a mental illness, this disease can increase the chance that their mental health issues will worsen. The novel coronavirus and its accompanying social distancing bring isolation, panic, and even trauma to many across the world. Unfortunately, the loneliness and fear resulting from this outbreak are already massive. According to one poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, almost half of adults surveyed reported that they’ve experienced [...]
One thing addicts and alcoholics didn’t imagine facing is a roadblock to treatment as massive and elusive as addiction itself: the novel coronavirus. Yet in 2020, many addicts are having to decide whether going to rehab will help them or make things harder. Addiction doesn’t stop for a global viral outbreak. But neither do treatment centers. Despite COVID-19, United States drug rehabs, including Hotel California by the Sea, remain open. Caring employees continue dedicating their time to fighting addiction - [...]
Being of service is arguably one of the best ways to improve your mental health, especially if you’re an addict or alcoholic. And no, that’s not just our opinion. There is actually extensive research on the way that volunteering and other means of helping others can improve someone’s state of mind. Why? Well, being of service encourages connection. It tears down ego. It gets people out of their minds. It humbles… And it always leaves you inexplicably feeling as though [...]