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Someone with substance abuse disorder is likely to get affected by stress

Someone with substance abuse disorder is likely to get affected by stress, a later study suggests. Were you too completely clueless when your loved ones addicted to any substance felt it very difficult to deal with stress? You also wanted to learn about how to bring peace and betterment to them. So, now is the golden opportunity to do so!

Effects of COVID-19 on people with a substance use disorder

We all are familiar with the ill-effects of the current pandemic on people of various backgrounds. Physical health and the mental health of the individuals have been affected to a great extent. Majorly the mental health of individuals with substance use disorder has been effected. Dr. Nora Volkow has also observed the same phenomenon. Moreover, he asks the researchers to be alert about the effect of COVID-19 upon individuals with substance abuse disorder.

As we all know that coronavirus affects one’s lungs. And when we try to connect it with people who smoke, we come to know that those who smoke and vape, even their lungs are affected. Therefore, he rightly points out that COVID-19 is very likely to impact them. Along with them, even the individuals who use drugs, alcohol, opioids, and individuals who use methamphetamine drugs have been impacted concerning their respiratory system and pulmonary system. They suffer from substance abuse disorder itself and have other disorders simultaneously, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

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Stigma and homelessness

Haven’t you felt that people try to be as away from them as possible? They are also scared to interact. What is it due to? Volkow says that individuals with COVID-19 face a lot of stigma in society, which further leads to a decline in their mental health. As they are considered taboo, they are unlikely to receive treatment. Even the other outsiders are less likely to help them. Being homeless also increases their struggle. Lack of resources and medical professionals and facilities makes the probability of choosing the patients tested positive for COVID-19 rather than those with substance use disorder.

Challenges for people with substance abuse due to quarantine

As the individuals in the rehabilitation center and various NGOs engage in group activities such as support groups and sometimes by staying there, they receive peer support and motivation for substance abuse. As mentioned by NIDA, various challenges make it difficult for them to receive medication and support from their professionals, society, and peers. Stephanie Hutter Thomas also explains how not being able to help others makes them feel low. She also points out that they also feel hopeless and also experience des