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Isolation wears on addicts and those in recovery

Heroin addict shares story of recovery, battle amid opioid crisis
Posted at 5:03 AM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 08:07:11-04

Between isolation, the general stress of the disease and financial problems some have turned to unhealthy substances to cope with the pandemic.

Two experts say right now they're seeing a higher frequency of people needing help for alcohol and substance abuse.

"Since the pandemic began we have had a great increase in admissions since it started. There's a direct correlation between the pandemic and the sociological issues that are going on in the community that are adding to the depression and anxiety," says Mark Tucker, a counselor at Whispering Oaks Lodge.

The biggest issue plaguing those who struggle with addiction is isolation.

"Isolation is one of the most detrimental components to recovery or getting better," says Colin Buchanan, Clinical Director at Lake Wellness Center.

Though it isn't recommended to gather many friends and family in a room facilities like Lake Wellness Center have options to ensure nobody feels alone.

"We have transitioned our program entirely to telehealth services and even though its not in person meetings, it still gives clients the opportunity to interact with others," says Buchanan.

At home it's also recommended to set a daily routine, try a new hobby and stay connected with loved ones via facetime or zoom. For those with more urgent or serious needs, there are residential centers like Whispering Oaks Lodge that have not shut down.

"We've been an essential business. We've remained open. We're here because there is a great need during this traumatic time in our lives," says Tucker.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, you can find help here for Lake Wellness Center and here for Whispering Oaks Lodge.

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