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Recent News & Addiction & Recovery Information

Drinking More During COVID-19? Blackouts Are a Sign You May Need Addiction Treatment

black and white image of woman reaching for a beer in refrigerator full of beer bottles - blackoutsGrowing evidence suggests that the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is leading to an increase in risky drinking behavior. According to a recent Nielsen report, sales of at-home alcohol have spiked 27% since the start of the pandemic. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration report that the number of people seeking treatment for alcohol abuse is increasing steadily throughout the United States, with the greatest percentage in areas where the coronavirus has hit hardest.

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How Creative Pursuits Can Help You Beat the Pandemic Blues

young man sitting in room practicing guitar - creative sideIf you’ve suddenly found yourself with more free time on your hands due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, you’re not alone. To fight boredom, boost your mood, and keep yourself on track with your recovery efforts, consider using this time to explore your creative side.

Benefits of Creativity for People in Recovery

For people in recovery, creative pursuits can:

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Learning to Deal with Uncertainty Without Putting Your Recovery at Risk

middle age woman doing exercises at home - uncertaintyNone of us can predict the future, no matter how much we try. However, the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has made it particularly difficult for people in recovery to continue moving forward in their quests to build lives free from the burden of addiction. If you’re struggling with how COVID-19 has upended your career, finances, relationships, and treatment plans, this post will offer some tips to help you cope with uncertainty without putting your recovery at risk.

Acknowledge Your Feelings

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How to HALT Cravings During COVID-19

What Is HALT?

black and white image of man holding his hand out in a stop gesture - HALT - COVID-19Many people in recovery have found that the stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic have made it more difficult to manage their cravings. However, keep in mind the HALT acronym, which can help you remember your triggers and proactively manage your recovery. HALT stands for:

  • Hungry
  • Angry
  • Lonely
  • Tired

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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

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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

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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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