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COVID-19 and Addiction Recovery

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Medically Reviewed By: Diana Vo, LMFT

November 16, 2023

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The COVID-19 pandemic has all of us worried about our health. People struggling with addiction or substance use disorders are more susceptible to a compromised immune system. With such a high mortality rate, prioritizing COVID-19 and addiction recovery is vital.

Virtual programs are available at this time for support. If you or a loved one is struggling due to stress, addiction, or mental health disorders, please reach out by calling 866.330.9449. Renaissance Recovery can connect you to the best online resources to get you and your loved ones through the pandemic.

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Why Focus on COVID-19 and Addiction Recovery?

Drug and alcohol addiction proves to work against the immune system. The various signals in someone with substance addiction get crossed. This leads to a lack of communication and response when a virus is present.

COVID-19 effects the respiratory system. While most drugs and alcohol suppress the immune system, opioids are known to be connected with upper respiratory infections. Now more than ever is the time to seek addiction recovery.

The heightened anxiety creates an increased temptation to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Don’t let preventative COVID-19 and addiction recovery lead to relapse.

Reduce anxiety and stress by trying out the following:

  • Go for a walk or bike ride outside
  • Do indoor exercises, like yoga, pilates, or strength training
  • Read a new book or an old favorite
  • Video chat or call a family member, friend, or even neighbor regularly
  • Watch a funny movie or show- laughter is a great medicine
  • Start a journal- write down what you’re grateful for or looking forward to

Taking the time to recover from addiction during this COVID-19 pandemic can protect yourself and your loved ones. Make the most out of this period of social distancing and self-quarantine. Prioritize your physical and mental health.

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How to Get Treatment

Each state in the U.S. is progressing through different stages of emergency. Shelter-in-place, once a suggestion becomes law. Only essential services are up and running. While essential addiction treatment centers are still available, you may not feel comfortable attending an inpatient or outpatient treatment program.

What other options do you have for COVID-19 and addiction recovery?

Telehealth services are the answer to COVID-19 and addiction recovery during these challenging times. Telehealth refers to health-related services and information online or over the phone. Remote health care provides a perfect solution for zero-contact addiction recovery plans.

Attend telehealth programs that include:

If you or a loved one need immediate attention for treatment, reach out to Renaissance Recovery to find out what programs are available. An evaluation may reveal the need for medication-assisted treatment or a partial hospitalization program.

The Aftermath of Covid-19 for Addiction Treatment

COVID-19 isn’t as prevalent as it was some time ago. Despite this, there are still precautionary measures that many health centers take to ensure that whatever health risks may still be present are being handled.

For many treatment centers, masks are still required for addiction treatment personnel. Similarly, many treatment centers likely still test for COVID as well as other sicknesses before admitting new clients. 

If you are interested in learning more about a treatment center, it is important to ensure that addiction treatment staff and clients are making proper precautionary measures to ensure that all clients are safe when entering their treatment program.

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COVID-19 and Addiction Recovery

If you’re struggling with addiction, self-medication temptations, or mental health disorders, contact Renaissance Recovery for remote health care treatment. A stay-at-home order is no reason to go through addiction and mental health struggles alone in today’s world of technology.

Participate in the following specialized substance abuse treatment programs:

It is crucial now more than ever to receive the support needed to recover from addiction and substance abuse. The dangers of COVID-19 make addiction recovery paramount to improve your health.

Call today to get through COVID-19 and addiction recovery. Our compassionate staff is doing whatever we can to alleviate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.



At Renaissance Recovery our goal is to provide evidence-based treatment to as many individuals as possible. Give us a call today to verify your insurance coverage or to learn more about paying for addiction treatment.

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Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.

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