One of our deepest concerns in addition to all the chaos swirling around currently is the impact of COVID-19 on those who have been affected by substance abuse. A great stabilizer of those dealing with substance abuse is connecting to individuals who care about them. The obvious isolation effect is very difficult for those who are struggling with any form of addiction.
Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact.
Jeff Breedlove, chief of communications and policy at the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, speaks with Virginia Prescott about the ways to stay in touch with those in substance abuse recovery during the coronavirus shelter-in-place orders.
In this interview Jeff Breedlove give a helpful perspective on how those in substance abuse recovery can deal with the impact of isolation. I think for anyone who is struggling this is an exceptional interview that gives both perspective and helpful alternatives. They provide some free platforms for help: a recovery help line for confidential assistance, a series of virtual recovery meetings via Zoom and a Recovery Town Hall Meeting on social media.
Even while isolating there are Warm-line calls to reach out for help and online groups to join for connection to those who have the same struggles of substance abuse. If you know of anyone who is struggling during their recovery this may a helpful article for them to review.
We don’t want to leave anyone alone during this pandemic! This article helps to give alternatives to isolation.