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Corona Virus and Addiction

Don’t Let the Corona Virus be the Reason You Postpone Addiction Treatment

As we are all well aware by now of the increased cases of the corona-virus (COVID-19) outbreak and the challenges and uncertainty this presents to us all. It is likely that the last few days have impacted your enthusiasm to get and stay clean. With the closing of schools and the instruction to self-isolate, you could be feeling more alone than usual and this could affect your recovery or your motivation to take the first step in your road to recovery.

Even without a pandemic like the Covid-19 demanding our attention, people battling addiction find excuses at some point or another on their recovery journey to not follow through on commitments and goals. Consequently, this is why many do not reach sobriety or maintain lasting recovery. However, if there is ever a time to stay committed to your health and wellness, now is the time and here’s why – the virus is said to affect people with weakened immune systems, affects the respiratory tract and this places people battling any substance addiction at greater risk.

Reasons to continue addiction treatment

Recovery routine

Continuing on a recovery routine ensures that you stick to your sobriety goals. Deviating from your routine would likely mean a relapse and further weakening your immune system. Sticking to your routine is imperative during these times.

Focus on what you can control

Continuing life as normal as possible during the outbreak does not mean that you are oblivious to what is going on around you and it does not mean that you do not take the situation seriously. When you focus on the things you do have control over, you are far more in control. Letting go of those things you have control over can leave you in fear and anxiety over the things you cannot control. Remember, you do have control.


The team at ARC and other recovering addicts want to assure you that we are all in this together. We are here for each other, offering support and encouragement when the going gets tough. We encourage you to not feel like you are in this alone. Reach out to us on our support group – we are here to help you.

How to Avoid the Covid-19 Virus

The below standard sanitary procedures will help to avoid spreading or contracting the virus:

  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone who shows symptoms of a respiratory illness
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid incessantly touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Substance abuse, whether drug or alcohol takes a negative toll on your health. A drug-dependent body with a weakened immune system is more likely to contract the virus. As an addict, treatment for your addiction could be an integral way of avoiding contraction of the virus. At ARC, we offer two options for treatment, out-patient and in-patient rehab.

In light of the outbreak, the President’s address and the protocol set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO), ARC and all operating staff will adhere to the intensified hygiene and health safety measures. To view these measures, please click on the button below.

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