The COVID-19 Pandemic that began last March had a significant impact on our lives. We lost our daily routines, exercising at a gym, social gatherings, retail and dining experiences, and any other opportunities to help reduce stress. Individuals suffering from substance use disorders, mental health disorders, or co-occurring disorders also lost the ability to attend in-person recovery meetings and meet in person with their mental health provider. It brought on heightened feelings of fear, anxiety, isolation, stress, depression, and loneliness.
These feelings increased the possibility of substance abuse or self-medicating. According to a report by Nielsen between March 1, 2020, and April 18, 2020, there were significant increases in alcohol sales in the United States. Data from the week ending March 21, 2020, indicated that alcohol sales for off-premise locations such as liquor stores had increased by 54%, and online alcohol sales had increased by 262% compared to sales data from the same time frame in 2019. Dealing with substance use disorder is difficult enough but is even more challenging when dealing with co-occurring mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, or mood disorders.
After a little over a year of adjusting to these extreme circumstances, many people are worried about reintegrating back into the world we left behind. Acknowledging, recognizing, and acting on mental and emotional distress in these uncertain times is key to reducing the impact. Find a few of our healthy coping strategies to help those who may be experiencing mental health challenges during this health pandemic below:
If substance abuse has begun to spiral out of control, it may be time to ask for help.
Need help coping with substance use, stress, and anxiety?
Avatar Alcohol and Drugs Recovery Center offer a highly structured Cognitive Behavior Therapy that helps identify the triggers for addiction, manage cravings and address problematic thoughts. During our CBT sessions, patients grow through learning relaxation techniques, social and communication techniques and are active participants at each stage.
Our team of addiction specialists understands that there is more to substance abuse than just the use of drugs and alcohol, which is why they provide an evidence-based approach with individualized treatment programs designed to fit your needs. Avatar offers specialty therapies such as music therapy, yoga therapy, wilderness therapy, yoga therapy, and art therapy. Our holistic treatment methods are designed to get to the root cause behind the addiction and treat your mind, body, and spirit to promote long-term recovery.
To learn more about Avatar Alcohol and Drugs Recovery Center treatment options, contact us today at 877-209-1600.