The COVID-19 pandemic has not only triggered economic distress but mandatory isolation, which has left many people alone as they could no longer socialize in person. For some, they quarantined with their families. For some people suffering from heroin addiction, they had no one to spend their time with. Social isolation is only one issue for those facing heroin addiction in Baltimore.
Issues For Heroin Addiction In Baltimore During The Pandemic
Lack Of Access To Critical Medications
With social distancing measures in place, many people with a substance use order may not be able to access the medications they need. Heroin addiction, like other drugs that are abused, plays havoc with the immune system and they’re scared that they’re more likely to contract COVID-19. Or they don’t have access to public transportation to get the medication they need.
While there are people who are fine with being alone, for others isolation aggravates anxiety and depression. Substance users would feel even more isolated in their addiction as they would have anyone to talk to in person or at least someone who could help. This would lead them to turn to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism.
Lack Of Trained Doctors
Only a small percentage of doctors can treat heroin use. Surprisingly, the needed training is freely available online and easy to find.
What A Recovery Program Should Be Like
It should be recognized that heroin addiction is a social issue with underlying causes. These causes could either be from family history or other exposure. A risk factor for heroin addiction is a lack of a healthy support system in their life. The issues of loneliness and isolation need addressing as well.
To properly treat heroin addiction on a national scale, there have to be major changes in the world of medicine. There has to be more investment in mental and behavioral health. There also needs to be more doctors trained to treat heroin addiction. Since training is available for free online, there is no excuse for not completing the training.
Aid for Heroin Addiction in Baltimore
Finally, during this pandemic and beyond, there needs to be online therapy options for those who cannot attend therapy in person. Heroin addiction in Baltimore is not going to go away on its own just because it is being ignored. Only with increased awareness and a commitment to mental and behavioral health can we make a greater impact.
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About The Bergand Group
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]