COVID-19 and Substance Abuse: Where to Get Help

April 20, 2020

 

In these trying times it seems many are turning to alcohol to help get through social distancing.

 

U.S. sales of alcoholic beverages rose 55% in just one week in March and while many joke about the past time on social media, for others this is an incredibly difficult time.

 

WATE 6 On Your Side spoke with the regional substance abuse coordinator for Centerstone Regional, which provides mental health and substance use disorder services.

 

He says for many, this is a very isolating time and can cause anxiety.

 

“Treat your mind like a bad neighborhood. Don’t go there alone. When you need to sit there and think, and you get lost in your thoughts. Sometimes that’s not the best place to be. The opposite of addiction is connection. Finding ways to stay connected to people.” Michael Reynolds - Centerstone Regional Substance Abuse Coordinator

 

There is still help out there, despite the pandemic.

 

The East Tennessee Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous moving their meetings online through Zoom.

 

You can find the schedule at etiaa.org; you can also dial into a meeting by calling 408-638-0968.

 

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  • List: COVID-19 assessment sites in East Tennessee

  • Congress set to pass $483B virus aid as Trump eyes next deal

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  • US OKs 1st coronavirus test that allows self-swab at home

  • Southern states largely go it alone in reopening decisions

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  • Regional county mayors meeting in Knoxville to address economic recovery plans

  • Sevier County offering testing five days a week, Knox County alters testing due to high demand

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  • New Zealand could pull off bold goal of eliminating virus

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