Corona Virus: Alcohol & Drug Rehab
Corona virus is affecting the lives of countless people.
It causes stress and distress each day.
So, how does it affect those who are getting treatment?.
COVID-19 in the United States, Coronavirus and Rehab: Should the Outbreak prevent you from Getting Treatment, Drug Abuse Increases Risk of Coronavirus, Avoiding the Coronavirus, Rehab is your Best Chance
The COVID-19 is a new coronavirus disease that is currently sweeping the world. A disease in the coronavirus family typically causes symptoms which vary from those of the common cold to those of a severe respiratory infection. COVID-19 was first detected late 2019 in China and has since spread to more than 100 countries around the world, including the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a pandemic.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. However, in more severe cases, the new coronavirus can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and kidney failure. These symptoms typically appear within 2 to 14 days of exposure.
COVID-19 in the United States
The coronavirus is now affecting the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first reported community spread back in February. Community spread refers to rapid person to person infection. Here is a list of the states in which residents have tested positive for COVID-19, along with the number of confirmed cases and deaths in each state as of March 2020:
California: 400+ (6 deaths)
Colorado: 101 (1 death)
District of Columbia: 17
Florida: 71 (5 deaths)
Georgia: 121 (1 death)
Kansas: 9 (1 death)
Louisiana: 103 (2 deaths)
Nevada: 26 (1 death)
New Hampshire: 13
New Mexico: 13
New York: 729 (6 deaths)
New Jersey: 98 (2 deaths)
New Mexico: 17
North Carolina: 32
North Dakota: 1
Oregon: 39 (1 death)
Rhode Island: 20
South Carolina: 28
South Dakota: 10 (1 death)
Virginia: 45 (1 death)
Washington: 769 (42 deaths)
West Virginia: 0
Health officials have quarantined people who test positive for the disease. Scientists who are studying the virus have discovered that certain populations are at greater risk for infection, particularly the elderly, children, people with co-occurring illnesses, and people with compromised immune systems.
Coronavirus and Rehab: Should the Outbreak prevent you from Getting Treatment?
Despite most of the country being paralyzed by fears of coronavirus, it is important to consider continuing your addiction treatment even through this difficult time. Many people might think that they should postpone or cancel rehab for alcohol or drug addiction until the crisis subsides. But unless you are actively experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19, it is highly recommended that you continue receiving treatment.
At this time, the CDC appears to be managing the spread of the disease. Further, the risks of alcohol poisoning or drug overdose far outweigh the risk of contracting the coronavirus. According to the CDC, opioid overdoses alone continue to claim over 100 lives in the US every day. Alcohol remains one of the most prodigious killers in the country.
For those who are dealing with addiction, you still need help. Contact a dedicated treatment specialist today to learn more about your rehab options.
Drug Abuse Increases Risk of Coronavirus
Individuals who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 are those with low immune systems, particularly people with a nicotine addiction. This is because the coronavirus affects the respiratory system. Studies in China have found that the virus affects men significantly more than women, which is because men are more likely to smoke cigarettes than women. COVID-19 impairs breathing, which means smoking may increase the risk of coronavirus complications.
Similarly, smoking marijuana can increase the risk of contracting coronavirus. Inhaling hot smoke of any kind can be damaging to your lungs, which increases the risk of COVID-19 complications.
The use of other illicit drugs such as cocaine, meth, heroin, and hallucinogens can put a person at risk for coronavirus because these substances alter the body’s immune functions. Drug users also have unhealthy habits such as sharing contaminated needles or having unprotected sex—which are social practices that can increase their exposure to infectious pathogens other than COVID-19.
Avoiding the Coronavirus
COVID-19 is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets and bodily fluids. To avoid the virus, you need to follow standard sanitary procedures. Washing your hands regularly, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding close contact with anyone who shows symptoms of respiratory illness—all of these can go a long way in preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Make sure to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Thoroughly cook meat and eggs before serving them. Lastly, try to avoid incessantly touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, as this could allow the virus to enter your system.
These are all effective ways to avoid the coronavirus. With proper social distancing and sanitary procedures, it should be safe to go to rehab during the coronavirus outbreak. Your addiction is a much deadlier problem than the coronavirus, which has a low mortality rate, unlike drug overdose.
Do keep in mind that if you have the symptoms of COVID-19, you need to go to the hospital and have it tested, for your safety and the safety of other people. Call your healthcare professional to get tested. If you don’t have the symptoms, you may resume your addiction treatment. At the end of the day, it’s all about prioritizing your health and recovery.
Rehab is your Best Chance
Treatment is an addicted individualʼs best option if they want to recover. Beating an addiction not only requires eliminating the physical dependence, but also addressing the behavioral factors that prevent them from wanting to get better. Simply quitting may not change the psychological aspect of addiction. Some people quit for a while, and then take drugs again, only to overdose because they did not detox properly. Recovery involves changing the way the patient feels, thinks, and behaves.