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Addiction treatment and support during the pandemic

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What is addiction support available during the pandemic?

The Coronavirus pandemic has completely changed our lives this year, and we’ve all had to adapt to a completely unfamiliar and new normal.

For people struggling with alcohol or drug-related problems, or considering rehab treatment, it has been particularly challenging.

While many have attempted to recover and detox at home, others have developed more serious illnesses, and some may even have turned to alcohol or drugs to cope with the stresses that the pandemic has imposed on them.

Whatever your situation and wherever you are, do not suffer in silence or alone.

There is help available to you, even during the pandemic.

Our helpline is completely confidential. We are here 24/7 to provide the help and support you need. Call us today on 0808 1150 446.

Rehab centres remain open

Attempting detox or recovery alone at home can very dangerous, and is often unsuccessful.

But you are not alone during these unprecedented and uncertain times. Rehab centres and hospitals remain open with adapted treatment programmes that are COVID secure.

Rehabs are taking the following measures to keep their staff and patients safe:

  • Social distancing guidelines in place to ensure that patients and staff remain 2 metres apart.
  • Regular hand sanitisation points and masks are available.
  • Revised family therapy and support programmes.
  • Patients have their room for privacy and safety.

Telehealth: adapted online therapy

Many rehabs have adapted their treatment programmes to integrate online sessions.

Online therapy programmes can often include:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • 12-step abstinence-based models
  • CBT and behavioural therapy
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Relapse prevention and aftercare plan

Read more about online therapy options.

How can I get to addiction treatment when there are travel restrictions?

Even at the highest levels of lockdown, people have always been allowed to travel and receive medical treatment. You can travel to get the addiction help you need.

If you have any questions or concerns about travelling to treatment, call our team and they can discuss options with you.

What happens after treatment?

You may be worried about relapse or how you can attend meetings and rebuild your life. Your rehab hospital will outline the measures after you complete treatment.

Many rehabs will offer a secondary or sober living facility, enabling you to transition back to normal life, whilst also being monitored and cared for.

It can be a good place to go, and you will have the support available to you kick-start your new life.

If your rehab clinic does not offer secondary accommodation following treatment, then they may refer you to another sober living community.

More about life after rehab.

Whether you have to return home or live for a few weeks in secondary accommodation, here are some tips to help you readjust to your new life during the pandemic

An overdose is a biological response to when the human body receives too much of a substance or mix of substances.Here are some ways to help make your life a little easier after treatment during the pandemic:

1. Find indoor hobbies:

There are so many online classes and sessions online that can help you forge new habits and try out new hobbies – from fitness to yoga, painting to lectures and talks!

Find something interesting that can help you pass the time and provide a positive distraction for you.

2. Try journaling or vlogging

You may have experienced journaling during your residential rehab treatment.

It is a great way to pass the time and doubles as therapy.

You can track your progress, express your thoughts and feelings.

If you are comfortable with social media, then why not share your story and reach out to those in similar situations, or motivate those who are seeking help?

3. Stay in touch

Make sure to keep in contact with family and friends.

Self-isolation or living alone during these times can be lonely, so make sure to reach out to your support network frequently.

If you feel uncomfortable when alone, try putting on the TV, the music or the radio in the background.

If the Coronavirus pandemic is causing you stress or anxiety, then avoid watching the news as this can be triggering.

4. Online support groups and Apps

Many support groups have moved their sessions going online during the pandemic and this makes them easier than ever to get to.

There are also many apps that can help you stay connected and motivated.

It is easy to register to join an online support group, and all you need is an email address.

It’s all free, and don’t worry if you’re not great with technology – recovery support groups are helping people of all ages and backgrounds to stay connected!

Sign up today:

We are here to help

No matter where you are in your recovery journey – whether you seek help or long-term sobriety, we are here to help.

Call our addiction specialists today on 0808 1150 446.

Last Updated on June 15, 2022 by