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‘Relapses are through the roof, overdoses are through the roof’: How the pandemic Is upping substance abuse

‘Relapses are through the roof, overdoses are through the roof’: How the pandemic Is upping substance abuse

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You take rehab.com — our website traffic is up 382 percent in the past 30 days with people looking for treatment for either substance abuse or mental health.’ This is a “pandemic within a pandemic,” according to addiction expert Tim Ryan, who’s watched the coronavirus outbreak exacerbate the preexistent opioid and mental health crises with devastating effect. Ryan, the star of A&E’s 2017 “Dope Man” special, is the founder of “A Man In Recovery Foundation,” which partners with Rehab.com. A former heroin addict, his mission is to assist others struggling with substance abuse. In a Friday interview, Ryan explained how the stresses of isolation and financial trouble brought on by the pandemic are worsening addiction, both by pushing new users to abuse substances and making it more difficult for recovering addicts to stay sober. Rehab facilities are struggling to cope with the challenges of a viral outbreak, according to Ryan, who also said alcohol and fentanyl abuse seem to be…
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