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Recent News & Addiction & Recovery Information

Is Depression Putting Your Recovery at Risk?

depressed man sitting at table in dark room holding glass of liquor - depressionThe COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has created a sharp increase in the number of adults experiencing depression symptoms. People who are in recovery for drug or alcohol addiction are already predisposed to struggling with depression, so it’s important to be proactive about managing your mental health during these uncertain times.

Understanding the Relationship Between Alcohol Abuse and Depression

Often, people who suffer from chronic depression turn to alcohol to self-medicate their condition. Drinking temporarily makes them feel better, but the physical and social problems caused by alcohol abuse eventually exacerbate the negative effects of depression on their mental health.

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Now Is Your Time to Enter Recovery

handsome young man on phone and tablet computer - treatment - COVID-19Change is hard. It’s human nature to want to put off tasks that require a monumental change in your lifestyle—even when you know it would be in your best interest to take that first step. However, there’s no reason to let COVID-19 fears keep you from seeking drug or alcohol addiction treatment at Waypoint Recovery Center’s South Carolina residential program.

Risk Is Relative

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Supporting Your Loved One in Recovery During a Pandemic

woman sitting at home in front of computer on cell phone drinking coffee - your loved one - pandemicPeople in recovery are still learning how to manage their stress and anxiety without substance abuse. This is challenging under normal circumstances but particularly difficult during a global pandemic. Refer to this list of tips to help you find ways to support your loved one in recovery as we all continue to navigate the evolving coronavirus public health crisis.

Keep in Touch

If you live in the same home as your loved one, keep in mind that proximity is not the same as actual communication. Try to eat your meals together and plan activities that will give you a chance to talk without distraction.

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Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: An Unexpected Consequence of Staying Home

sick man sitting on couch at home wrapped in blankets - alcohol withdrawal - quarantineThe COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed daily routines for people throughout South Carolina. To slow the spread of the virus, people are being encouraged to stay home as much as possible, essentially placing themselves under quarantine.

Consequences of Quarantine

One unexpected consequence of so many people staying home is that problems with alcohol abuse are becoming harder to hide. In many cases, quarantine has led to alcohol withdrawal.

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Using Telemedicine to Support Your Addiction Recovery

woman using tablet computer at home to video call doctor - telemedicine - telehealth - addiction recoveryTelemedicine continues to grow in popularity, especially in areas where social distancing remains a necessity. For those who are receiving outpatient treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, telemedicine can serve as a vital source of support for maintaining a lasting recovery.

About Telemedicine and Addiction Recovery

Telemedicine refers to the practice of using telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical health care at a distance. When you are talking about counseling for substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues, telemedicine is often referred to as telehealth.

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How a Healthy Diet Can Help You Manage Stress in Addiction Recovery

overnight oats in mason jar topped with fresh blueberries - stressStress is an unavoidable part of life, which is why it’s important to understand how to cope with stress in a healthy way instead of letting it trigger cravings for drugs and alcohol. At Waypoint Recovery Center’s South Carolina drug and alcohol addiction residential treatment program, we’ve found that sticking to a balanced diet is one of the best ways to manage stress in recovery—whether you’re worried about job loss, relationship issues, a family member’s illness, or current events that are out of your control.

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How to Tell the Person You’re Dating About Your Recovery

senior couple talking on couch - your recoveryIt’s not recommended that you begin dating until you have at least one year of sobriety under your belt, since it takes time to become confident in your recovery. Once you’re ready to jump back into the dating pool, one important factor to consider will be how to share your recovery story with your partner.

Sharing Your Recovery Journey

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to sharing your recovery journey. Some people have no problem being 100% open from the beginning, while others prefer to protect their privacy. Trust your instincts, then use these tips from the staff at Waypoint Recovery Center’s South Carolina drug and alcohol addiction treatment program to guide the conversation.

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Why Healthcare Professionals Often Struggle with Addiction

male doctor looking stressed sitting on ground - professionalsAddiction doesn’t discriminate. People of all ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic statuses struggle with substance abuse. This includes individuals who work in the healthcare industry.

Factors That Make Healthcare Professionals Vulnerable

No two people with a substance use disorder are exactly alike, but some of the factors that can make doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals vulnerable to addiction include:

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