The past year has been challenging for those dealing with drug and alcohol addictions with the current pandemic. According to the US government, respondents to a survey in May 2020 showed that drug use was up significantly among those surveyed. Additionally, drug test results also show steep increases. When faced with the COVID-19 lockdowns and lack of work, many people are tempted to turn to their choice of addictive substances to cope with the stress of social isolation and financial problems. Right now, more than ever, if you have a substance use disorder, it’s essential to find addiction treatment so you can stay alive and healthy for your loved ones. To learn more, reach out to Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge today at 844.442.8673.
Stress and the Pandemic
Unsurprisingly, many people are feeling stress during these trying times. Some people have excellent support systems and have good coping behaviors regarding COVID-19 lockdowns, closures in schools, businesses, and recreational venues. However, many people have never learned how to deal with stress healthily. Many turn to substances that provide a quick answer to their current anxieties, only to become addicted. When they or their loved ones discover they are addicted, there’s often shame and stress associated with their substance abuse. Being addicted isn’t a failure in character. It is a real disorder, aptly named substance use disorder, and it is a growing problem. With further stress in our modern-day society, we know that substance abuse is on the rise.
People with Substance Use Disorders Are More Susceptible to COVID-19
If you or a loved one are addicted to drugs or alcohol, you may be surprised to learn that people who have a substance abuse problem are more likely to catch COVID-19. These individuals may suffer the worst symptoms of the disease. A study published in Molecular Psychology studied health records from 360 US hospitals and over 73 million patients. Of those who contracted COVID-19, 15.6 percent were people who had a substance use disorder. These people typically had other health problems as well that made them more susceptible to complications that arise with COVID-19. Those who had long-term addictions had a greater chance of having more severe symptoms, which required hospitalization, and many died of COVID-19.
Don’t Be a Victim of the Pandemic Because of Your Addiction
It’s scary to think that substance abuse could make you more susceptible to this already frightening pandemic. Yet, many people feel isolated and alone, especially with lockdowns and social distancing. But you don’t have to be alone with your substance abuse problem. You can get safe addiction treatment right now, even during this pandemic with Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge. We offer faith-based programs that help you find strength in yourself through Jesus Christ. We understand that addiction is hard and that you need support and caring people who know what you’re going through.
Get the Addiction Treatment You Need Now
This is a scary time with the pandemic, especially if you’re addicted to drugs and alcohol. However, you can take control of your life back with addiction treatment and become healthy again. You don’t have to be worried and stressed, thinking you have to face your substance abuse problem alone.
We offer the following programs:
- Compassion program: A short-term residential program for those who need inpatient treatment.
- Hope program: For those who are self-pay or who are covered by their employer.
- Faith-based program: for those who look to Jesus Christ for guidance.
- Outpatient program: For those who wish to stay with their families but still receive treatment.
If you or a loved one has an alcohol or drug addiction, it’s essential to get them assistance right away. At Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge, we offer recovery and hope to those who are struggling with substance use disorders. Contact us via our website or at 844.442.8673. We can help you with your addiction.