Addiction is commonly referred to as a disease of isolation. Considering that Covid-19 feels like the pandemic of isolation, it only comes as a sad confirmation that there are several reports of the rise of opioid abuse and alcoholism.
If you suspect someone might be struggling with opioids, you can help. How?
Keep a watchful eye. Check-in (in a physically responsible way) on those around you. What to look for?
Common Signs of Opioid Addiction
The Johns Hopkins Opioid Addiction webpage reads:
The inability to control opioid use
Changes in sleep habits
Frequent flu-like symptoms
Lack of hygiene
Changes in exercise habits
Isolation from family or friends
Stealing from family, friends or businesses
New financial difficulties
Signs of Alcoholism
The Alcohol Use Disorder page from the Mayo Clinic reminds us that:
Alcohol use disorder can be mild, moderate or severe, based on the number of symptoms you experience. Signs and symptoms may include:
Being unable to limit the amount of alcohol you drink
Wanting to cut down on how much you drink or making unsuccessful attempts to do so
Spending a lot of time drinking, getting alcohol or recovering from alcohol use
Feeling a strong craving or urge to drink alcohol
Failing to fulfill major obligations at work, school or home due to repeated alcohol use
Continuing to drink alcohol even though you know it's causing physical, social or interpersonal problems
Giving up or reducing social and work activities and hobbies
Using alcohol in situations where it's not safe, such as when driving or swimming
Developing a tolerance to alcohol so you need more to feel its effect or you have a reduced effect from the same amount
Experiencing withdrawal symptoms — such as nausea, sweating, and shaking — when you don't drink, or drinking to avoid these symptoms
Both opioid addiction and alcohol use disorder are treatable. The qualified and experienced practitioners at Advanced Integrative Care might be just the right people to help. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 277-0267 for more information.
Yes, physical distancing (along with wearing a mask and handwashing) is required, however, it is equally mandatory that we maintain our relationships. Whether or not health issues are a concern, human connection is essential for our physical and mental health. Here's an interesting article, Finding Connection and Resilience During the Coronavirus Pandemic, from The New Yorker