COVID-19 Is Causing People To Relapse

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By Hayley Hudson

Original Source: addictioncenter.com

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to unfold, the world is locking down, forcing millions out of work and many into isolation. While social distancing isn’t easy for anyone, it is hitting one group particularity hard. People who are recovering from a substance use disorder are finding it difficult to maintain sobriety with their routine uprooted, and many of them are relapsing during COVID-19. Dayry Hulkow, M.S., a primary therapist at Arete Recovery, a Delphi Behavioral Health Group facility told Fox News, “Yes, we are already starting to see an increase in relapses.”

These relapses are thought to be brought on by the feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and boredom that many are struggling with. “Social support and active involvement in the program both play a huge role in recovery,” Hulkow said, “In the absence of these, ‘isolation’ and ‘emotional distress’ can be significant ‘triggers’ to relapse.” Studies have shown…click here to continue reading

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