The entire world has gotten pretty weird during the COVID-19 outbreak. Among all the strange developments and questionable decisions, one situation has stood out: Many State and local governments deemed alcohol sales “essential.” Detox and residential treatment for alcoholism are essential, too, but what was the thinking behind that decision?
Is picking up a bottle of wine really worth risking your life for? To some alcoholics, not picking up a bottle of wine could be a life-or-death decision.
Detoxing “cold turkey” from alcohol with no supervision is incredibly dangerous.
Anyone who tries to detox at home faces a risk of heart attack, coma, or even death. You might think that detoxing from hard drugs like heroin or cocaine would be worse, but alcohol is seriously even riskier. If you want to stop drinking, you owe it to yourself to give yourself a safe start in detox.
You might be asking yourself, with everything going on in the world:
Is now a good time to detox?
According to a new study by Nielsen, alcohol sales jumped 243% during the pandemic. Clearly, a lot of people are turning to alcohol as a medicator for all of the stress, anxiety, and discomfort that this time has brought to us all. To some, the ability to work from home combined with disrupted work operations means that the pandemic is a time to drink. For others, this could be the perfect time to get sober.
Everyone is forced to take downtime away from work, social commitments, and other activities. If you go to detox and rehab, you certainly won’t be missing much. Instead, you can use this time to make yourself and your life better by laying the foundation for recovery.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out this guest blog post from our team about how to cope during the crisis. Or, send us a chat right here on the site. We’re ready to talk you through your situation and how we can help. with no pressure and no BS.
Getting Clean & Sober at Home
Today, more than 75% of hospitals and healthcare providers offer access to telehealth treatment, with 29 states having gone so far as to enact telehealth parity laws, which force insurance companies to reimburse patients for telehealth at the same rates as they would for in-person treatment.
If you’ve been thinking about getting clean and sober, or if you’ve been wanting to work on and strengthen the recovery you already have, it’s never been easier to do it through telehealth.