March 2, 2021 – Health advisories about the risks of family gatherings – even coming out of one’s house – abound, much less warnings about traveling cross country. When looking for help for an addicted or alcoholic loved one, a family’s first question often is, “Is it safe to do an intervention?”
The short answer is yes. Not only are addicts much safer in COVID-free drug treatment programs, but their families are safer as well. No longer do they have to wonder where their loved one has been last night, who he came into contact with, or what chemicals and poisons are compromising his immune system.
It boils down to picking one’s battles. Is it “safer” to run the risks associated with a drug-addicted or alcoholic loved one in contact with God-knows-where, as well as self-isolating – as if addiction doesn’t cause enough of that already – ingesting drugs and chemicals that compromise not only one’s immune system, but his ability to reason, or, is it safer to place that same addict in a COVID-free environment, drug and alcohol-free, with 24-hour supervision and round-the-clock access to medical care?
The fact is, traveling by air with a face mask plus a face shield, gloves, and hand sanitizer, wiping down one’s seat, headrest, tray table, seatbelt, and window shade, COVID-19 probably has a lesser chance as a contagion than during a visit to the local grocery store. If these kinds of stringent travel guidelines are followed, there is no reason not to help the addict or alcoholic who needs it.
Addicts and alcoholics are vastly safer in coronavirus-free environments, which most residential drug treatment programs have become, especially the ones with on-site staff housing.
Drug addiction and alcoholism and related deaths kill half a million people every year. The difference between coronavirus and drug addiction and alcoholism is that something can be done about drug addiction and alcoholism. Action can be taken that can be effective and long-lasting. In fact, since there is no vaccine for drug addiction, there is only action, a well-done intervention by an experienced interventionist leading to a good treatment program.
COVID-19 has exacerbated addiction and alcoholism in this country and around the globe, with orders to self-isolate combined with free government money and the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression. It’s a perfect storm for addiction and alcoholism to become exponentially worse.
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