Lockdown Has Been Catastrophic for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

Lockdown Has Been Catastrophic for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

(LibertySociety.com) – The last year has been rough for almost everyone. The lockdowns and restrictions put in place to try to slow the spread of the virus not only didn’t achieve their purpose but also hurt millions of people. Experts say the pandemic has been catastrophic for recovering addicts and those with mental illness.

In December 2020, the CDC issued an alert about skyrocketing drug overdoses in America. CDC Director Robert Redfield said the pandemic’s “disruption to daily life” has hit those dealing with substance abuse especially hard. From May 2019 through May 2020, overdose deaths were up 38.4%.

There’s also a strong suspicion that suicide rates rose during the pandemic. Although the data isn’t in yet for the US, Japan saw a 16% increase in people taking their own lives during the second wave of COVID-19. In America, millions are reporting struggles with mental health.

Mental illness is an issue that touches millions, even members of Congress. US Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) lost his son to mental illness on New Year’s Eve. Drug addiction issues are just as bad; we’ve all seen the stories.

Some Democratic states, like California and New York, are still imposing strict COVID-19 measures on citizens despite the growing evidence of the negative impacts. When is enough going to be enough?

If you or someone you know is struggling, know that there is always help available. Call or visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255.

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