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Don’t let the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Stop Your Recovery

April 17, 2020

COVID-19 has reached the U.S. and has spread to almost 70 nations, after first being detected in China in 2019. The coronavirus causes symptoms, which appear within 2-14 days of exposure, such as cough, fever, and shortness of breath, ranging in symptoms of the common cold to a severe respiratory infection. The coronavirus can also cause fatal kidney failure, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and pneumonia in more severe cases.

Research has shown that certain populations are at a greater risk for infection, including the elderly, children, people with compromised immune systems, and people with other illnesses. This disease is spread through bodily fluids and respiratory droplets. To avoid spreading or contracting the virus:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Thoroughly cook your meat and eggs
  • Avoiding close contact with people who shows symptoms of a respiratory illness
  • Avoid unnecessarily touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

At South Hills Recovery Project, we understand this can be a challenging time for everyone, especially those who are currently in recovery.

Will the Coronavirus Stop Me from Going to Rehab?

While this virus should not be taken lightly, the CDC is working diligently to manage and prevent the spread of this disease. For those struggling with addiction, you will still need help, even during the pandemic, because overcoming addiction could make the difference between life and death. Rest assured that there is no evidence that rehab facilities are at a greater risk for hosting coronavirus outbreaks than any other public place.

The risk of drug overdose or alcohol poisoning is far greater than the risk of contracting the coronavirus, so this should not stop you from continuing with your addiction recovery. South Hills residents and those in the surrounding areas can contact our dedicated team today to learn more about your options for rehab or to answer any questions you may have about recovery.

Drug Abuse and Other Factors that Can Increase Your Risk for COVID-19

Individuals most vulnerable to the coronavirus are those who have low or compromised immune systems. People with nicotine addiction are at an even higher risk since the coronavirus primarily affects the respiratory system. Smoking cigarettes can weaken your immune system while also leading to other health issues such as respiratory difficulties, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

In addition to smoking cigarettes, smoking marijuana also increases your risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus. Although there have been posts circulating on social media that CBD can treat coronavirus, these claims are false. There are no known treatments for the coronavirus. When smoking marijuana, you are inhaling hot smoke which can be damaging to your lungs. If you are sharing joints, pipes, and other paraphernalia, you should keep in mind that they may contain saliva and could spread the virus, increasing your risk.

Using illicit drugs, such as cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and meth can also put a person at risk for contracting coronavirus. Research has shown that using these drugs not only alters your neuropsychological and pathophysiological responses, but it also affects your immune functions. Common social practices connected with drug abuse, such as sharing contaminated needles or having unprotected sex, also increase your chances of exposure to COVID-19.

Stay Up to Date on Your Prescription Refills

Since the spread of COVID-10, China has forced medicine manufacturers to shut down. Since about 90% of active ingredients used by American drug manufacturers come from China, a shortage of medication in the U.S. is possible. Currently, there are no manufacturing disruptions that have caused a shortage in the U.S. However, the FDA is monitoring supplies of around 20 drugs that are made primarily in China.

There are many people in recovery who rely on prescription drugs as part of their medication-assisted treatment during alcohol and drug detox and to manage withdrawal symptoms. We recommend that those who are taking prescription medications under these circumstances stock- up on supplies if possible.

Unfortunately, the fear of the coronavirus is discouraging people from renewing prescriptions or seeking care. Not seeking care or renewing your prescriptions can be dangerous of you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms or complications from substance abuse. It recommended that you stay up to date on refilling your prescriptions.

South Hills Rehab Options During COVID-19

Substance abuse takes a heavy toll on your health, and with a weakened immune system, a person is more likely to contract diseases like COVID-19. If you are addicted to alcohol or drugs, treatment for your addiction is an effective way to prevent contracting the virus.

At South Hills Recovery, we offer many different rehab options in South Hills for both inpatient and outpatient rehab. We are here to support you during this time, so please reach out today to learn more about your options for rehab during this outbreak.

Dr. Clark
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