Coronavirus pandemic weighs heavily on new and recovering addicts

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Dr. Hunter Kennedy, director of Footprints to Recovery Addiction Treatment Centers, said two months ago they were anticipating the COVID-19 pandemic would weigh heavily on people dealing with addiction and recovery, and they were expecting to see the number of people seeking help increase.

Dr. Kennedy confirmed that is exactly what has happened. He says a spike in liquor sales during the pandemic has increased the number of people struggling.

“We are seeing people are starting to drink earlier and earlier in the day and that is the onset of addiction when your body develops that tolerance and then you go to quit and you realize its not that easy because your body is screaming for it,” Dr. Kennedy said.

Being forced to work from home has opened the door for isolation and boredom, which are key ingredients in a recipe for addiction.

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