The pandemic has had a detrimental impact on all aspects of our everyday lives and you will struggle to find anyone that hasn’t been affected by COVID-19 in some shape or form. None of us has ever experienced a pandemic like it in our lifetime and it’s certainly changed the way many of us see the world.

And, for recovering addicts, the pandemic has presented its own set of problems, especially when it comes to addicts accessing the treatment they need to aid their recovery.


So, what is the effect of the pandemic on addicts and their treatment?

Substance misuse has not only increased during the pandemic but addicts have also struggled to access the treatment and facilities they need to embark on a road to recovery. This is mainly down to lack of resources, an increase in employee absences, as well as restrictions enforced by the UK government to keep us all as safe as possible.


Why has substance abuse increased?

The pandemic has caused a huge rise in mental health issues, with many people feeling overwhelmed, anxious, worried and stressed.

As a result, this has caused many addicts to relapse and turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with the many day to day uncertainties and challenges that have come hand in hand with COVID-19.

During the lockdown, stringent restrictions saw the entire country close, aside from essential entities. This meant that addicts needing support from a rehab facility have had to wait longer to get the help that they need. Treatment delays have also resulted in addicts relapsing.

In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a whole host of major challenges to the healthcare systems, which is still a problem today. Individuals with substance use disorders have been unable to access clinical, psychological and psychosocial care they need throughout the pandemic which has had a detrimental impact on recovery times.

Going forward, experts have warned that addiction care must be reinforced, instead of postponed, in order to prevent a major crisis in addiction recovery.


Why choose ANA Treatments?

Here at ANA Treatments, we provide individually tailored detoxification programmes that have been carefully designed to help our clients to rebuild their lives, gain in confidence and re-discover their self-worth. Our mission is to provide our patients with the resilience and tools they need to live a healthy, responsible and productive life, free of alcohol.

For us, it’s all about encouraging recovery through support, respect and teaching vital life skills. For further information about our drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes, please get in touch.