Should You Avoid Rehab During the Coronavirus Outbreak? Published March 23, 2020 By Addiction Helpline America

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Don’t Let Coronavirus Fears Keep You From Getting The Help You Need.

The Coronavirus has made its way to America. Cities and states across the country are struggling find medical supplies, provide treatment, and test those with symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

If you watch the news, you may feel like the world is coming to an end. We assure you – it’s not. Now more than ever, you need to take care of your body and mind.

You might think you should avoid going to rehab until after things have “gone back to normal”, but that is just another way to talk yourself out of getting help. If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, you need to seek help. The fact is, many rehab centers across the country offer a high level of care, with medical staff on site to provide around the clock medical care.

Overcoming addiction could mean the difference between life and death. Currently, there is no evidence that rehab facilities are more likely to experience coronavirus outbreaks than any other place.

The real threat is your addiction – not the rehab. Your addiction may be the thing that exposes you to the dangers of the COVID-19. According to the CDC, people with weakened immune systems and with pre-existing chronic conditions (like addiction) are most vulnerable to the virus.

The use of illicit drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, and marijuana can put a person at risk for COVID-19. These drugs are known to affect a person’s immune system. Common practices associated with drug abuse such as sharing needles, unprotected sex, and body fluid contact (saliva, blood, etc.) also increase exposure to COVID-19 and other pathogens. A drug-dependent person with a weakened immune system is more likely to contract disease.

Underlying health issues that can be caused by years of abuse include heart disease, high blood pressure, and respiratory difficulties. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease which impairs breathing. If you have a history of smoking marijuana, cigarettes, vaporizers, or other drugs, it may increase the risk of coronavirus complications.

There are currently no known treatments or cures for COVID-19. Seeing a doctor in the hardest hit areas is becoming more difficult by the day. If you are in treatment, you may have greater access to medical services while you undergo treatment.

By avoiding rehab due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, you are doing yourself a disservice. Fear is a common reason to avoid rehab, but if your fear is “I will get the Coronavirus”, then you may want to reconsider and get the help you need.

Healing your body and mind from the effect drugs or alcohol addiction has had on your body is a good first step to ensuring you are not vulnerable to Coronavirus, or any other health threat in the future.

If the COVID-19 outbreak is the only reason you are not going to rehab, we encourage you to contact the rehab you want to attend. Ask them questions about how they are handling the outbreak. If you are located near a city that has been impacted greatly, think about finding a rehab in a state with less reported cases of Coronavirus.

The bottom line – don’t let the virus stop you from a better future. The real threat to your health and safety isn’t the Coronavirus - your addiction is.

Do Your Part

To help prevent the infection and spread of Coronavirus, practice these sanitation measures:

  • Regularly washing your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds using hot water.
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer if available
  • Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoid incessantly touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone who shows symptoms of a respiratory illness
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Thoroughly cooking meat and eggs to their recommended temperatures

Immediate Help for Addiction

If you, or someone you love, needs immediate help for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, pickup the phone and call an Addiction Specialist (844) 377-8070. Don’t let fear keep you from healing and creating a better future.

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