Addiction Treatment Resources During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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The outbreak of the COVID-19, officially known as Sars-CoV-2, has been labeled a global pandemic. It’s affected over a million people of all ages, all around the world.

Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) seem to develop serious illness more often than others.

People who are recovering from addiction are also being seriously affected by COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak.

Government lockdowns and mandated social distancing rules have caused thousands of support groups to cancel their meetings. Most inpatient and residential facilities have stopped taking in new patients.

And it’s taking its toll on patients in recovery.

Many people who have or currently suffer from a substance use disorder (SUD), or alcohol use disorder (AUD) rely on support groups, therapy sessions, and other outpatient treatment services. Many of these services have either gone virtual or been canceled due to COVID-19.

This is becoming an area of increasing concern for doctors, counselors, patients, and family members. Community, support, and other social responsibilities make up the foundation of most addiction treatments.

Many support groups are moving their meetings online. While this may not be a perfect solution, it’s an alternative solution for those in recovery to keep in touch with their support group.

During these difficult times, it may be necessary for counselors, sponsors, and peers to be proactive and maintain communication digitally.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and the loss of services, here are some resources that may be able to help:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) COVID-19 Resources

American Society of Addiction Medicine COVID-19 - RESOURCES

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Information

Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry Addiction Center Coronavirus (COVID-19): Addiction/Recovery Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Al-Anon Online Meeting

International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous (IDAA) Help Line Index

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
SMART Recovery
Celebrate Recovery

Online Recovery Group (ORG)

Buddhism-based Recovery Group Recovery Dharma Online Meetings

LifeRing Online Meetings

Unity Recovery + WEconnect + SOS Recovery + Alano Club Online Meetings

Young People in Recovery Virtual Event Schedule

Support Groups for Multiple Issues

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Turn2me Online Support Groups on Anxiety, Suicidal Thoughts & Feelings, Depression, Stress Management and General Mental Health issues

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Updated on: May 5, 2020
Michael Bayba
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