Coronavirus + Declining Economy = Rising Alcoholism
Without warning, many of us have experienced changes or major disruptions to the routines, social settings, income, jobs, and lifestyles that we enjoyed just a few months ago. Facing daily stress factors such as learning about COVID-19, isolation, financial instability, job loss, increased anxiety, caution fatigue, and uncertainty about the future could give reason to drink more. Let alone the fact that many have been struggling with all of these triggers at once.
The CDC has warned that heightened stress can lead to increases in alcohol and substance abuse,1 and that rise in alcohol and substance use is taking place all over the nation. For the week ending on May 2nd, total alcohol sales were up by more than 32% compared to the same week one year ago.2
Economic recessions typically bring increased alcohol consumption that includes binge drinking, problem drinking, and driving under the influence. Since unemployment and bankruptcies are on the rise, people tend to self-medicate in the face of these devastating challenges.3 A unique obstacle of 2020 is that the new economic recession is coupled with stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and closed venues for social activities. While this was expected to slow the spread of COVID-19, there was an unintended side effect. Thousands of people struggling with alcohol use disorder or simply trying to stay sober lost easy access to loved ones that served as motivation to improve. Isolation from people’s support systems increases loneliness and depression, which are factors that increase substance abuse.4
At Schick Shadel Hospital, we are aware of the current challenges that can complicate recovery from substance abuse. Our 10-day treatment program is uniquely designed to eliminate the cravings that drive addiction and substance abuse. We believe that addiction should be treated as a medical condition with constant supervision of healthcare professionals. We also give our patients the tools to cope with triggers, along with support groups that help motivate them to stay on the path to sobriety.
Life is paused right now for many, but your health and sobriety are essential as we continue to face this developing pandemic. Patients are welcome to bring their phones, computers, and laptops for their stay during our 10-day treatment program. This could be an ideal time to finally get the most effective addiction treatment available while still being able to work remotely.
Schick Shadel Hospital has been treating patients for alcohol addiction for 85 years. It’s the only hospital in the U.S. that utilizes Aversion Therapy. An independent study published by the University of Washington found that 69% of our patients were still sober 12 months after treatment. It is the most successful program available and is covered by many major insurances. Give us 10 days and we will give you back your life, addiction-free!
1 Alcohol and Substance Use (COVID-19). (2020). Retrieved 3 August 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/stress-coping/alcohol-use.html
2 Drinking More Than Usual During the COVID-19 Pandemic?. (2020). Retrieved 3 August 2020, from https://www.yalemedicine.org/stories/alcohol-covid/
3 (COVID-19), C., Health, E., Disease, H., Disease, L., Management, P., & Conditions, S. et al. (2020). As Economy Goes Down, Drinking Goes Up. Retrieved 3 August 2020, from https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20111013/as-economy-goes-down-drinking-goes-up#1
4 Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Alcoholism. (2020). Retrieved 3 August 2020, from https://www.alcohol.org/resources/coronavirus-and-alcoholism/