A Pandemic on Top of an Epidemic: The Effects of COVID-19 on Opioid Addiction

December 16, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to sweep the nation, impacting daily life for everyone, the pandemic has also affected the rehab industry and has hindered opioid addiction recovery. 

According to the most recent survey published by the National Council for Behavioral Health, 54 percent of rehab facilities have closed their programs and 65 percent have been forced to turn away patients. 

“Our doors have stayed and will continue to stay open throughout this pandemic to ensure that all of our patients have access to lifesaving medications,” says Dr. Bryan Negrini, owner and physician at OARS.

As a result of these closings, addicts are suffering. In May of this year, Ohio saw a record-breaking overdose death toll. In Western PA, specifically Beaver County and Allegheny County, the counties saw an increase in overdose deaths by 30 percent in the first months of 2020 and a 50 percent increase in overdose calls, respectively. Social isolation, anxiety about the future, and stress about the fears of the pandemic have led to relapses and in some cases overdoses. 

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s still possible to continue care. In fact, it’s imperative to continue that care. Stay on the path to a happy and healthy life by following these recommendations: 

Even through a pandemic, there is still hope for recovery from addiction. There is hope for you. There is hope for everyone.