The novel Coronavirus pandemic has brought about significant changes in our lives. Contracting the COVID-19 virus immediately entails norms or Covid protocol like going into isolation to break the chain of transmission. This is a jolt for many.
Many cases have been reported where isolation and social distancing triggered depression, anxiety, anxiousness and stress among people. The unprecedented situation has affected the mental well-being and behavioral health of many individuals. People during the pandemic are also seen getting more inclined towards alcohol and drugs.
Moreover, people already going through de-addiction treatment and are in the recovery phase have higher chances of relapse during the pandemic. Those with a family history of addiction and chemical dependency have higher chances of substance abuse.
Risks for addiction
The pandemic has added insurmountable risk of substance abuse for many people. Since isolation has a negative impact on people, they have become prone to depression, loneliness, stress and fear, forcing them to seek solace in substance abuse.
Those who are already in the grip of addiction face greater risk, caused by limited access to support network during the pandemic. It becomes ominous in case of any emergency.
With the onset of the pandemic the chances of contaminated and adulterated drug supply has gone up manifold due to shortage in supply and increased demand. There are cases reported where, people have been forced to take risks by taking contaminated drugs during the pandemic.
Social distancing has restricted drug supply. As a result, people have developed heightened craving for these drugs. Higher number of drug relapse cases has been reported during the pandemic.
However using different drugs or spurious versions further lowers the immunity of people leading to other medical complications amid the virus pandemic.
Advice for difficult times during the pandemic
During the lockdown self isolation may have an adverse affect on people’s minds. The craving for drugs, alcohol and other substances has increased has shot up to a significant level. But, one needs to control the intake of substances even more during these times.
You might feel all alone, away from family and friends, anxious, isolated or bored. Your craving to take more drugs and alcohol might drive you nuts, particularly if you are facing anxiety at these tough times. It is advisable to stay calm, practice relaxation techniques, spend time doing household chores or any activity that makes you happy. You can also find support in virtual networks. Take time out to talk to your loved ones to ease your pain.
Precautions to take
It is very dangerous if you take to substance abuse when you are all alone because in case of any complication you might not be able to help yourself. Always keep the phone numbers of important people, who can help you out during the time of distress handy.
More health suggestions
Smoking tobacco, alcohol or any substance use increases the risk of getting infected by Corona virus because these substances weaken the immunity.
Moreover, any substance abuse, chemical dependency or alcohol leads to sleep disorder. It is advisable to eat well and have sufficient sleep during these trying times.
If you’re in the recovery phase or need support, built up your support network which can be easily accessible. Eating right, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can curb craving for drugs or alcohol.
Managing your psychological health and seeking help
The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the measures adopted to prevent its spread have drastically changed our lives in so many ways. According to a recent study, there is a sudden surge in the use of alcohol, and other substances. The problem has become more serious as people have started taking medicine without doctor’s consultation. It is always advisable to talk to an expert and seek proper treatment and not resort to self-medication.
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