Michael Ash and Associates is pleased to share this educational information and links courtesy of The Recovery Village.
Current events have disrupted our communities in unprecedented ways, leading to loss of jobs, long periods of social isolation to interrupted or deferred school, travel, and schedules. Many people have been facing increased stress and uncertainty. With this in mind, The Recovery Village recently conducted a survey about the effects of “COVID-19 and Our Mental Health.” The results indicate that many people could be turning to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with the impact of the coronavirus.
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From The Recovery Village
The Recovery Village® recently surveyed American adults (ages 18 and older) about their past-month use of drugs and alcohol to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is currently affecting substance use and mental health. The results indicate that many people could be turning to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with the impact of the coronavirus.
The full results can be found below. Note: Some questions asked respondents to select each option that applied, so in a few instances, the total percentage will be greater than one hundred.
Professionals Report Dramatic Increase in Symptoms by The Recovery Village
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted American life in an unprecedented way, leading to skyrocketing unemployment, long periods of self-quarantine, social distancing and interrupted or deferred school, travel and schedules. These proactive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have left many people facing increased stress and uncertainty with limited access to supports, social activities or other outlets outside the home, including recovery resources.
Mental health experts have already voiced concerns that these measures, while necessary, maybe the perfect storm for a wave of secondary effects from COVID-19, including increased substance abuse, addiction rates and adverse effects on mental health.
The Recovery Village® previously surveyed Americans on past-month drug and alcohol use to better understand how the pandemic is currently affecting substance use. We also recently surveyed 440 mental health professionals to better understand what they’re seeing on the frontlines of behavioral healthcare in the aftermath of the coronavirus. We’ll be conducting these surveys and sharing the results monthly to identify trends and raise awareness about the secondary effects of COVID-19.