Addiction: The Disease of Isolation in Face of the Pandemic

Addiction is often called a disease of isolation, and it does not get any better in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has exacerbated the opioid addiction crisis in the United States bringing an increase of about 18% of opioid overdoses. Reports collected by the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program have also found a significant increase in fatal overdoses since the current pandemic started—particularly from illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. ODMAP program manager Aliese Alter says: “Overdose clusters have shifted from traditional centralized urban locations to adjacent and surrounding suburban and rural areas.”

These days, around the country, people who are trying to maintain sobriety or those struggling with addiction are suffering from social isolation, stress, and anxiety. In a survey of U.S. adults released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13% of respondents in June said they had started or increased substance use to deal with stress or emotions related to Covid-19. There’s so much uncertainty now with the coronavirus, but one thing is sure: individuals facing addiction need to get treatment and they need the assurance that their treatment will be safe. It is not surprising that many who have the urgent need for addiction treatment and would have been admitted into a rehab center otherwise, are concerned about going to rehab and spending days away from the safety of indoor isolation.

We at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) are experiencing an increase in calls from concerned family members seeking information about treatment for their loved ones and asking if we are offering face to face treatment. Although detox and the delivery of drug and alcohol therapeutic services are a challenge during the COVID-19 crisis, we at Florida Center for Recovery remain committed to serving our community safely and effectively with our comprehensive inpatient addiction treatment programs. In an effort to keep our clients and staff safe, we have made changes to the delivery and set up of our addiction treatment therapies and have sharpened our vigilance on monitoring our staff and clients making sure all CDC guidelines on social distancing and infection control precautions are followed.

As always, our addiction treatment team is committed to treating the whole person—body, mind, and spirit, understanding each client’s different backgrounds, personal history, and motivation for recovery. Our treatment is personalized, focused, and compassionate. FCR listens to our client’s needs, and together with each client, we decide the best path forward.

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For up-to-date treatment and admissions information, please call FCR’s Central Intake at 800-643-4005. In addition, please check our blog as we post updates, addiction-related information, and supportive recovery and wellness tips.

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