It is critical that we do not forget about the nation’s addiction crisis in our response to COVID-19. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, an alarming increase in deaths involving stimulant drugs methamphetamine and cocaine are on the rise. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated stresses have only exacerbated this situation. A complex and ever-evolving addiction and overdose crisis characterized by shifting use and availability of different substances, and the use of multiple drug classes, have together contributed to the rise in fatal overdoses. This is likely due to people using stimulant drugs in combination with opioids like heroin or fentanyl, or using products that have been laced with fentanyl without their knowledge.
Overdose is not the only danger. Persistent stimulant use can lead to cognitive problems as well as many other health issues (such as cardiac and pulmonary diseases). Also, injecting cocaine or methamphetamine using shared equipment can transmit infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis B and C. Although the greatest challenges during this pandemic crisis are changes in drug and alcohol testing and reduced or modified delivery of addiction treatment services, there are facilities that are still providing the most needed face-to-face therapeutic treatment.
We at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) remain committed to serving those suffering from substance use disorders safely and effectively at our Fort Pierce Rehab facility. With changes to the delivery and set up of our addiction treatment therapies, following CDC guidelines on social distancing and infection control precautions, we are able to continue delivering life-saving treatment. One of the advantages that our addiction treatment facility provides over many treatment centers is our great outdoors environment. Stretching over 12 acres of land, our secluded rehab center offers plenty of outdoor space where social distancing can be practiced. Clients in recovery can experience our private and peaceful grounds throughout the day while taking breaks from therapeutic treatments. By getting exposed to our natural surroundings our clients get a chance to unwind when stressed and feel recharged and connected to nature and others who are also enjoying our great outdoor setting.
At FCR we are continuing to look for new and creative ways to enhance our client’s recovery experience. And as always, if you or someone you know is struggling please call us at 800-643-4005 for up-to-date addiction treatment information as COVID-19 is an evolving situation. Together we will get through this, and together we can recover!
Stay safe and healthy.