DANA POINT, Calif. - March 31, 2020 - (Newswire.com)
Dana Point Rehab Campus has announced that its therapist Dr. John Biroc has released the latest feature in his biweekly column entitled “Coronavirus, Mental Health and Addiction – A Conflict of Perspectives?” The feature, which was published to the Dana Point Rehab Campus website on March 25, 2020, addresses the impact of social distancing from coronavirus (COVID-19) on patients in recovery from addiction. Dana Point Rehab Campus is a leading addiction treatment center in Orange County, California.
The latest post from Dr. Biroc discusses the importance of viewing social distancing as a positive event rather than a negative event among those in recovery. He relates that for many of his patients, boredom and anxiety are major triggers that typically occur upon losing connection with others as many Americans have been expected to do on behalf of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Biroc suggests that instead of allowing anxiety and loneliness to pave the way for relapse, patients can take advantage of this distancing period to become more productive and accomplish long-held goals that were previously set aside in favor of social activities.
Many patients at drug rehab already face a degree of social distancing as they recover away from friends and loved ones. The social distancing being enforced as part of a safety measure against COVID-19 can cause those in recovery to feel even more isolated as they make their way through drug rehab. According to the International Journal of High Risk Behaviors and Addiction, feelings of loneliness and isolation are stronger in drug users than in nonusers and increase the risk of drug abuse. Dr. Biroc’s message aims to reassure these individuals that having a positive attitude and taking control can help them get through this challenging period and come out even stronger than before.
California issued its statewide stay-at-home order on March 19, 2020, in response to COVID-19. Since then, Californians have been urged to stay home and leave their residences only to perform essential tasks. California residents who do leave their homes are urged to practice social distancing, which involves keeping a distance of 6 feet between them and others, and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, per the California Department of Public Health.
Dr. Biroc is a published author who holds a doctorate in psychology and masters’ degrees in theater and psychology. Dana Point Rehab Campus is accredited by the Joint Commission and recognized nationwide for providing safe, evidence-based detox and rehab programs for drug and alcohol addiction. Those who need help fighting addiction can contact Dana Point Rehab Campus today at 949-239-7557 to learn more about its available drug rehab programs.
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