For months, public health experts have predicted an onslaught of addiction alongside the COVID-19 crisis. Now stark numbers show that over the course of a year, over 87,000 Americans died from drug overdoses.

About the Overdose Numbers

The study, which examined drug use from September 2019 to September 2020, showed a steep increase in the mortality rate of drug overdoses. Many of these overdoses were due to the introduction of fentanyl, whether the users knew it or not. Many drug dealers have been “spiking” other opioids like fentanyl.

Police often see it as an ingredient in cocaine here in America. Sometimes overdoses involve a fake opioid pill like Oxycontin or Percocet bought on the street. Fentanyl is becoming an easy-to-get drug that dealers seem to like to add “pep” and create a deeper addiction.

Before the pandemic, the number of opioid overdoses had begun to decrease, but there was a sharp reversal in early 2020. The highest number of overdoses in 2020 can be tied directly to the pandemic.

Loss of Services Caused Desperation

People in recovery are included in those overdose numbers. People who lost jobs, family members and faced uncertainty didn’t have the support systems to stay sober on their own. People sent home from sober living and rehab were vulnerable to relapse as they sheltered-in-place alone.

People with opioid use disorder who relapse are more likely to overdose because their body isn’t used to the amount of drugs they take. Fentanyl, a drug that’s 50 to 100 times as strong as morphine, causes overdoses precisely because the users are either experienced or do not have the physical tolerance for the powerful drug.

Getting Help for Addiction

The good news is that there’s still help available. Recovery rooms are opening up around the country, and treatment centers have been operating safely for months. Help is possible and available! Let us help you reclaim your life and find purpose again. We offer programs in a safe, compassionate environment. Call us at 619-363-4767 to learn more about what we offer.

 

 

There are a lot of things up in the air right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For many people, this means putting goals and plans on hold. For people who struggle with addiction, it might feel like time is standing still. Becoming restless and bored is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. But falling prey to boredom is dangerous for those who live a life of recovery. Patience, it is often said, is a virtue. So how can you learn to practice it in your daily life?

What is Patience?

The Oxford dictionary defines patience as “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” If this is difficult for you, you’re not alone. Many people have trouble with accepting upsetting events without getting angry or upset.

Of course, there is a difference between being impatient about a line at the DMV and being upset that you have to wait at the emergency room if you’re sick and scared. However, coping with these events both come from practice.

Practicing Patience

Practicing patience is something you can undoubtedly do in life, especially during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, there are so many situations that require patience, including the ability to stay home during “lockdowns.”

Patience goes hand-in-hand with acceptance. There are many things in life that you cannot personally control. You may believe you can change things, but the truth is the only things you have power over are your own actions and reactions.

Being patient doesn’t mean that you don’t feel frustrated. It merely means that you can make it through tough times without acting out in anger and frustration. Finding a coping mechanism that helps you will make you not only less upset but also help you feel more in control of yourself and emotions.

From Acceptance to Patience

When you first get clean and sober, you have to accept that you’re addicted and powerless over your addiction. Accepting that you can’t control most things in the world can lead to peace.

Learning to accept things are they are right now may mean that you have to go through the feelings first. You may need to cry and punch a pillow, say the serenity prayer every time you’re upset, or take time out to journal every day. Sharing with others about your feelings will also help you learn to accept what’s going on right now. You’re certainly not alone right now – everyone is going through something.

Try to add some self-care to each day. Self-care methods that help people learn to be more patient are meditation, exercise, and even creative things like painting or drawing. (After all, when you’re being creating, there are several stages you’ll probably go through until you feel the work is done.)

Life isn’t all sunshine and roses, and getting through trying times will help you appreciate the good times even more in sobriety. Don’t lose faith when you feel discouraged! Reach out to your sponsor or a friend.

Getting Help for Addiction

Addiction doesn’t care who you are, where you live, or what things you do or do not have going for you in life. If you’re struggling with alcohol or drug use, we’re here for you. We can help you reclaim your life one day at a time. Get in touch to learn more about our programs by calling 619-363-4767.

 

 

 

 

Many people are worried about how COVID-19 can affect their families and communities. California, like many places in the world right now, is enforcing guidelines that say that groups of people shouldn’t gather at all. Obeying the law in recovery is essential, just as your health and the health of others is important. But staying home from recovery meetings doesn’t mean that you have to go off the grid. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do, it’s time to buckle down and take care of your recovery needs. Online meetings are becoming a part of recovery life. There are many ways to do this, and we’ll explore each of them here.

Your recovery is in your hands. So work it, you’re worth it. There are several ways you can continue to get the support you need to stay sober.

Keep Your Support Network Close

Talking to your sponsor, recovery friends, and others is one of the most important things you can continue to do while we all learn to navigate a world in crisis.

Most people can’t go to a meeting in-person right now because of restrictions. Even without an in-person meeting, you have a lot of tools to stay plugged into your network.

Stay in touch with your sponsor every day, and talk to others in recovery. If you’re struggling with tough emotions, you’re not alone. Sharing with others your feelings – and of course, listening to theirs as well will help you stay close to your recovery goals. Online meetings can help fill the gap if you're feeling lonely, afraid or overwhelmed.

You can call, text, or even email your friends and sponsor. If you are doing 12-step work, it’s time to pull it out and focus. Staying centered is so vital, and strengthening your relationships will help you with that.

Online Meetings and Telephone Meetings

When it comes to recovery, people can be very resourceful. Some 12-step members have decided to have small, informal five-person or so online meetings together using video technology. These meetings usually have your peers and sponsor in them and can be quite intimate and cozy. You'll need an internet-connected device such as a laptop or tablet.

AA also has hosted online meetings for years to reach people who suffer from a disability or chronic illness. So there are a lot of online and nontraditional 12-step meeting formats available. Here are several you can check out on your own:

It’s a tough time for everyone, not just people in recovery. You may feel angry, scared or hurt. Don’t keep your pain to yourself. It’s time for all communities to come together and support each other. When you’re a member of the recovery community, you have friends and people who care about you around the world.

Listen to others and learn more about how they are coping. You don’t have to pick up a drink or drug no matter what. Utilize your network and get plugged into online meetings so that you can stay sober and sane.

Getting Help for Addiction

Addiction can make a person feel hopeless and helpless. Those are feelings, not facts. Recovery offers hope and empowers you to take back your life. Even in these difficult times, spots are available in detox and rehab and providers are taking the utmost precautions. If you or your loved one needs help, we’re here. Call us at 619-363-4767 to learn more about our programs.

Are you feeling more anxious than usual? There are a lot of reasons to be afraid right now, and the media isn’t doing us any favors. Anxiety, anger, and fear are all valid and part of what makes us human. Sometimes anxiety can be paralyzing or overwhelming. This is true for many people, not just those with substance use disorders. You may not know what to do to keep yourself safe, or feel like there’s too much to do and you’ll never get it all done.

Working Through Anxiety

First of all, you need to know that as a person in recovery, you’re a survivor. You have been through a lot to get to where you are today. Staying sober isn’t always easy, but life is easier when you stay sober and have a network of friends and support to turn to.

Here are a few ways to work through your anxiety:

Following the guidelines where you live is really important. Don’t risk your health or the health of others. You should be proud of your recovery right now, and guard it like a treasured possession. This means talking to people in recovery, continuing to work on your 12-step program, and allowing yourself to feel the emotions while you’re getting through this difficult time.

You're Never Alone

Even if you’re stuck self-isolating, you don’t have to be alone. Find 12-step meetings online, participate in recovery discussions on Facebook and elsewhere. Ask your sponsor, a friend or a therapist to help you make alternative plans for now.

You can get through this. You’re resilient and brave, even when you’re feeling scared or low. Recovery is the best option for you right now – it will help you stay safe and sane.

Be gentle with yourself, and have faith you can make it through hard times. You can and WILL get through this, one day at a time.

Getting Help for Addiction

Addiction doesn’t care who you are or what your plans are. It’s a cunning and powerful disorder that can be treated by caring professionals. Detox can help you clear your mind and body from harmful substances and create a new plan for your life. Contact us at 619-363-4767 to learn more about how we can help you start a path to a new life.

 

 

 

As of right now, Present Moments Residential and Intensive Outpatient Programs are open and accepting clients.

Please note, out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling outside meetings, as well as professional tours and staff travels.

We will continue to follow directives from the CDC for next steps as to what precautions to take and how to evolve our treatment protocol. Our clinical and executive team are monitoring the situation closely and we are able to make necessary adjustments in real-time.

These are some of the precautions we are taking to keep our clients and staff safe:

The safety of our residents and staff is our top priority and we will continue to assess this situation and provide updates.

Sincerely,

 

 

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