Relapse and Overdose During the Pandemic. Why Reaching Out is More Important than Ever!



Most of us knew that there would be negative consequences and circumstances surrounding addiction and relapse during this coronavirus pandemic and the mandatory lockdowns. Most of us, especially addiction professionals, knew that people would use drugs or relapse out of fear during this pandemic. We knew that people would use drugs or relapse out of boredom during this pandemic. And a lot of us were aware that people would use drugs and relapse due to anxiety caused by this pandemic.

So, as the first wave of lockdowns began to be lifted state by state, we are beginning to see the carnage left behind for those of us battling with addiction. Addicts are requesting addiction-related help at an alarmingly high rate as these lockdowns are lifted. Nationally Certified Professional Recovery Coaches are finally being asked to come back into homes to help those battling addiction.

But for some the help never came. The 21-year-old son of music Superstar, Melissa Etheridge, died from an opioid overdose during these lockdowns. 21-year-old Beckett Cypher, who has battled opioid addiction for multiple years of his short life, was found dead in his home last week. What could we have done differently to help this talented young man? Just because most businesses have been forced to shut things down during this pandemic, does not mean that the addiction is going to shut down and lock its doors. As a matter of fact, it is quite the opposite. Most recovering drug addicts found it much harder to remain sober during this pandemic and its lockdowns.

The recovery community also lost one of its own as recovery coach and Recovery ambassador James Gooding relapsed during these lockdowns, after years of sobriety, he was found dead. James was someone who took his place in the recovery community profoundly serious and thrived while helping others achieve sobriety. He will be greatly missed as a person, coach and Recovery ambassador. Mr. Gooding’s relapse should show you that no one is untouchable when it comes to relapse.

As you can see we really need to be on high alert as these lockdowns are lifted and people began to insert themselves back into everyday life. This pandemic and these lockdowns have caused a lot of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty in people’s lives. This is a recipe for relapse when it comes to recovering drug addicts. So please contact us here at The Addictions Coach if you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction or the thought of relapse caused by this pandemic or these lockdowns. Our website is Top Recovery Coaches and Life Coaching for Drug and Alcohol Addiction and you can call us at 1.800.706.0318 ext 1