NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Not so long ago, the drug addiction crisis hit the headlines in the public health arena. This crisis has not gone away because of Covid-19.
In fact, stress, fear, and social isolation could make it worse.
"The disease of alcoholism and addiction thrives on isolation," said drug interventionist Kevin Morse. "Now we're forced to isolate in many ways, so that's not a good mix."
Morse has been recovering for 10 years and is now specialized in addiction interventions. People might think Covid-19 means they can't ask for help, the kind of help that can make a big difference.
"Even for me today, 10 years later, it is really a game changer when I talk on the phone or have a personal conversation," said Morse.
Many new things drive people to consume drugs and alcohol, but all community centers and church basements where they hold gatherings to help addicted people are closed. However, they go online like business meetings.
"Instead of people coming to our facility on an outpatient basis, we will be working with them on Skype, Zoom," said Gregory Plakias.
Plakias is the chief marketing officer for the Discovery Institute detoxification and rehabilitation center. He says they still allow serious cases with adequate screening for coronavirus.
"Treatment is still available," said Plakias. "It still works and people can still recover in the middle of a pandemic."
If you are not sure which services are currently available, the experts say that you should contact them and find out.
"If you need help, yourself or a loved one, just pick up the phone and call," Morse said.
In other words, don't let one health crisis worsen another.