Addiction Recovery Options During COVID-19

in Addiction
Published Jan 14, 2021
addiction recovery options during covid

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the past twelve months have been challenging for people worldwide—and perhaps especially challenging for those struggling with addiction. It goes without saying that our work and social lives have been drastically changed, which in turn has taken a toll on our mental health. Isolation, grief, stress, and financial insecurity are all triggers that can increase stress levels and lead you to reach for substances to numb the experience of it all. 

The impact of the pandemic on substance use

It’s probably no surprise that drug and alcohol use during the pandemic has skyrocketed. A study by Nielsen (“Rebalancing the ‘COVID-19 Effect’ on Alcohol Sales”) reported that alcohol sales increased by an eye-opening 54% in late March (less than a month into the pandemic) as compared to sales in the previous year. What’s more is that online sales of alcohol increased by a staggering 500% just one month later.  

To make matters worse, it has been more difficult to access recovery options during the pandemic. In-person recovery meetings have stopped altogether due to social distancing measures. Meanwhile, treatment centers and medical detoxes have implemented increased measures to promote safe medical detox and addiction treatment to protect patients and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

However, despite how it seems, all is not lost when it comes to recovery. It still exists and it is still wholly accessible by everyone. Recovery has simply adapted to the ever-shifting needs and the circumstances of the pandemic. 

We’ve recapped on the recovery options available to everyone during COVID-19.

Recovery options during COVID-19

Despite the restrictions imposed on our everyday lives, recovery options are in fact more available now than they were before the pandemic. The options vary depending upon the severity of the addiction. That said, anyone can attend virtual recovery support meetings while seeking specialist treatment from a variety of clinical providers. 

For your convenience, we’ve provided a handy list of virtual recovery options and resources below, including information on the risks of home detox and clinical recovery programs.

Virtual recovery options

Many mutual-aid programs offer online meetings, while a number of recovery community organizations are providing extra resources during this time. Check out:

  • RecoveryLink provides digital recovery support, including meetings, yoga, meditation, and movement. Link here.
  • Tommy Rosen’s Recovery 2.0 is providing online meetings led by recovery coaches. Link here.
  • SHE RECOVERS offers daily online meetings for women in recovery. Link here.
  • SMART Recovery offers global online mutual-aid support. Link here
  • InTheRooms hosts online meetings for all recovery groups, including AA, NA, SMART Recovery, Recovery Dharma, Gamblers in Recovery, SLAA, and many more. Link here.
  • Women for Sobriety is offering digital meetings. Link here.
  • Soberistas provide women-only international online recovery support. Link here.
  • Reimagining Recovery is offering free peer-led, mutual-aid meetings every evening. Link here.
  • The Phoenix is offering online CrossFit classes. Link here.
  • Sobergrid offers a sober network of support. Link here
  • Reddit Recovery offers message boards and a virtual support hangout. Link here
  • We Connect Recovery provides daily online recovery groups. Link here.
  • Unity Recovery, WEconnect and The Alano Club offer daily meetings. Link here


Other helpful resources

Help is only a phone call or text message away no matter how desperate you, or your loved one, may feel. Here are some helpful resources for suicide prevention, treatment location, and disaster distress helpline. 

  1. SAMHSA National Helpline (link)
  2. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (link)
  3. SAMHSA Treatment Locator for Behavioral Health Treatment Services (link)
  4. SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (link)


Risks of home detox

Detoxing from addictive substances can create a number of health risks, especially if you suddenly stop taking alcohol or benzodiazepines. You may experience a number of unpleasant and potentially serious withdrawal symptoms and may need medical intervention. It is essential, therefore, that you or your loved one seek guidance from your primary care physician, or an addiction expert. 

It is strongly advised by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to seek professional intervention (especially if the person has been using substances persistently) to ensure they overcome risks of home detox.

“For alcohol, sedative-hypnotic, and opioid withdrawal syndromes, hospitalization or some form of 24-hour medical care is generally the preferred setting for detoxification, based upon the principles of safety and humanitarian concerns.” SAMHSA: A Treatment Improvement Protocol, Tip 45.

You can read more about the Risks of Home Detox in our blog.

Clinical recovery options

Gallus Medical Detox Centers are certified ASAM Level III 7D Medically Monitored Inpatient Detoxification Facilities. We are also accredited by the Joint Commission, which reflects our expertise and clinical excellence. Gallus offers the comfort of a residential addiction treatment center, but with the clinical expertise that is far superior to most medical detox centers. We know that each patient has unique medical and personal needs, which is why we provide a personalized service that emphasizes medical safety, outstanding professional expertise, evidence-based protocols—all without sacrificing our patients’ dignity and comfort.

The key features of our medical detox center includes:

  • 24/7 medical supervision
  • Individual treatment plans
  • Adjustments to treatment plans to suit our patients needs
  • Psychological, physical, and social assessments
  • IV Therapy Program
  • Cardiac telemetry and video technology
  • An individual recovery plan identifying resources and next steps toward a long-term recovery


At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, we bring compassion to the commotion. Peace to the pain. Empowerment to the powerless. If you or someone you know needs support with addiction problems, bring us your battle. Call us today and take the best, first step towards recovery: (702) 704-1432.

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