Pandemic brings challenges, but also opportunity for Montrealers seeking addiction help

For those with issues of substance abuse, or those in recovery, the COVID-19 pandemic is an added stress to an already heavy burden.
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As of April 21, 2020, more than 2.5 million cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, have been reported in 210 countries and territories, with the death toll at 171,810. Both chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have gained considerable media attention as possible therapies, resulting in a significant surge in demand. In overdose, both medications can cause severe, potentially life-threatening effects. Here, we present a brief overview of the pharmacology of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, manifestations of toxicity, and treatment considerations.
Source: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), seems to have a cardiovascular tropism characterized by high incidence of myocardial infarction especially for patients with severe infections recovered in intensive care units. In their letter, the Authors state that oxidative stress could play a pivotal role to determine cardiovascular complications in COVID-19. We agree about this issue. In particular, NADPH oxidase-2 (NOX-2), that it is considered one of the most important sources of superoxide anion in human [1], plays a role in systemic inflammation and pathogenesis of several RNA virus as the influenza virus [2].
Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Letter to the editor Source Type: research
Additionally, side effects were more common among participants in the HCQ group than the placebo group. One expert says the results raise the question of whether some ongoing trials should stop.Medscape Medical News
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news
The global novel coronavirus pandemic afflicting everyone is showing mixed signs of activity. In some countries it appears to be easing, while in others it appears to be experiencing a resurgence. It’s not at all clear when the pandemic will end, but it’s unlikely to do so before 2021. What has become increasingly clear is that the toll of the pandemic will impact more than the people who come down with COVID-19. The mental health impact of living with a pandemic is being mostly ignored — for now. But as the deaths continue to rise, we need to pay close attention to the cost of the pandemic’s reperc...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: General Grief and Loss Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: blogs
During a time when the world is focused on the current COVID-19 pandemic, a physical health crisis, and all those treating the physical symptoms of this pandemic, we must not forget those who are working to treat the mental health of our nation: the mental health workers. The force of mental health workers includes nurses, counselors, social workers, physicians, and others. These individuals may not be intubating, but ask if they are implementing life-saving tactics and administering life-saving medication and the answer will be a resounding yes.  You may ask yourself what are these life-saving tactics and medications...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: General Psychotherapy Suicide Treatment coronavirus COVID-19 Mental Health Care Providers Source Type: blogs
I woke up a few days ago and forgave myself. For everything. It was ok to be me and every decision I had made, good or bad, was part of my upbringing, environment and genetic make-up. It’s ok that I am anxious and battle addictions. The stay at home order has enabled me to think, to analyze and to let go. I loved my parents, but boy, were they characters. My handsome Italian father, was obsessed with his weight and being a golf pro at a club on the south side of Chicago. That was his persona, his life, his true love. Playing golf, schmoozing and interacting with people who had a lot more money than he ever would have...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Abuse Addiction Anger Inspiration & Hope Personal Recovery Addiction Recovery Anger Management coronavirus COVID-19 Divorce Forgiveness pandemic Personal Growth Self-reflection Substance Abuse Source Type: blogs
The behavioral health system is “collapsing,” despite an increase in anxiety, fear, grief, and substance use related to the global COVID-19 pandemic, according to astatement signed by APA and 11 other organizations and sent to Congressional leadership yesterday as Congress prepares to approve another round of COVID-related federal funding.The funding under consideration is primarily focused on shoring up existing programs —especially the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program, which ran out of money last week. Congressional Democrats are hoping to add funding for hospitals, state ...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: anxiety behavioral health system Bruce Schwartz CARES Act Congress COVID-19 fear funding grief National Council for Behavioral Health Paycheck Protection Program Saul Levin substance use Source Type: research
I was 20 years old when I got sober. The powerlessness over my alcoholism and the journey over the last 26 years has been ever-changing. Life continues to happen when you get sober. I’ve been through tough times and amazing experiences; sometimes at the same time. Getting sober can change you. It’s supposed to. A new design for living that recovery can offer you is an opportunity to create a life that brings you deep heart-centered connections that just don’t happen outside of recovery. Within the rooms of my 12-step program, I have developed relationships with people who understand how my alcoholic mind...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Addiction Alcoholism Peer Support Recovery Substance Abuse addiction support Alcoholics Anonymous Relapse Source Type: blogs
WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2020 -- The social distancing and isolation of the coronavirus pandemic may put people struggling with addiction at risk for relapse, an expert says. Feeling stressed, isolated and scared may drive them back to substance abuse,...
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
Jeffrey A. SingerIn order to facilitate social distancing among people in treatment for opioid use disorder, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration relaxed some onerous regulations surrounding the use of buprenorphine or methadone in Medication Assisted Treatment.For health care providers to prescribe buprenorphine on an ambulatory setting to patients with addiction, they must apply for an “X waiver” on the narcotics prescribing license they get from the DEA. This is an onerous process that has resulted in a paltry...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - Category: American Health Authors: Source Type: blogs
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