Covid-19 Epidemic Severely Undermines Access To Substance Abuse Help In Rural America


With lockdowns, self-quarantining, and financial strains on local healthcare providers, many rural residents with substance abuse problems face a sudden disappearance of their support systems.

By Liz Carey

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Coping with alcohol or substance abuse problems is hard on a normal day.

But coping with it during the times of Covid-19 and social distancing is even harder, especially so for those in rural areas.

By her own account, Sophie spends about four to five hours a day talking to her boyfriend John. (EDITOR’S NOTE: We are using pseudonyms for Sophie and John because of the sensitive nature of alcoholism and addiction.)

He’s located in a rural area in eastern North Carolina. She’s located in the Upstate of South Carolina in a town called Mountain Rest.

Nightly, he talks to her on the phone, struggling with the isolation of being quarantined in a hotel room and dealing emotionally with his alcoholism.

He’s trying to quit, she says. But there’s no help available as resources in rural areas…click here to continue reading