Area sees spike in overdose deaths
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition (NSVSAC) announced the area has seen a spike in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a news release, 11 overdose deaths and 17 non-fatal overdoses have been reported in the Northern Shenandoah Valley since April 1.
Treatment experts believe isolation, stress, financial worries and cancelation of some support group meetings are contributing to the increase in substance use.
Help is available during this time, to those who need it. The NSVSAC is offering the following ways individuals in recovery and those seeking recovery can support connection and ensure isolation does not lead to relapse.
- Stay connected and create a sober network
- Reach out to a sponsor, trusted friend, family member or mental health professional for support.
- Call the Peer2Peer Regional Warm Line at 1-833-626-1490 where local certified Peer Recovery Specialists are on call 24/7.
- Attend a virtual support group meeting.
- Download the Connections app on your smartphone.
- Create a daily schedule
- A daily routine is critical for individuals living with addiction. Try to maintain a sense of structure, but allow your schedule to be flexible.
- Schedule time every day for something creative or something that brings you fulfillment without substances.
- Stay active for your physical and mental health
- Have an exercise plan. Go for a walk outside or find a virtual workout.
If you suspect that a friend or family member has a substance use disorder you should talk to the person about your concerns and offer help and support without being judgmental. You can receive free Narcan from any of the Lord Fairfax Health District offices. Please call the office beforehand to schedule a pickup time. A list of the district offices and contact information can be found here.
For additional information and resources visit roadtorecovery.info and click on the treatment or resources tab at the top of the page.
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