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More and more people are using alcohol, prescription drugs, marijuana, and other harder drugs to cope with the stress of COVID-19, and he notes drug overdoses have seriously increased over the course of the pandemic.
Dr. Drew stresses that COVID should not stop someone from seeking the support and help they need and he notes 12-step programs are offered remotely. As for those looking to help a loved one who is battling addiction, Dr. Drew's first piece of advice: join an Al-Anon program. He feels to truly help someone you love battle their addiction, you need to begin here.
The addiction specialist also notes the pandemic is making things worse for people who are prone to depression, which says can be "life-threatening," noting our usual routines and support systems have been disrupted. He explains the 12-step process is designed to help sober people manage their anxiety and emotions and possibly prevent something like depression from leading to a relapse. He also notes that often people dealing with addiction feel alone in their struggle and a 12-step program provides a community of people who know about these battles and can provide help.
The Doctors also speak with musician and recovering addict Jack Cassidy, nephew of David and Shaun Cassidy, who shares how he was able to get sober and take control of his life. Learn more about his inspiring story, here.
*If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction please call the confidential and free National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP or visit their website.