Do you have any suggestions to help my addicted child to maintain some sort of healthy hygiene during this time of Covid-19?
Question: My son is actively using; he also has underlying health conditions due to his addiction. Do you have any suggestions to help him maintain some sort of healthy hygiene during this time of Covid-19?
Hi, Mom; thank you for your question.
This is a very uneasy time for all of us, but especially for our loved ones still actively using. Maintaining social distance and healthy practices can sometimes be impossible.
Most people who are actively using are unable to remember to use sterile supplies in clean environments or be aware of the CDC Covid-19 suggestions.
Depending on your son’s living circumstances, I highly suggest offering him care packages, if possible. In them, pack Narcan, gloves, soap and sanitizer, and a mask, as well as a local resource guide to harm reduction centers. Since Covid-19 began, we have seen an increasing number of relapses, by people in long-term sobriety as well as newly sober people who are unable to cope and vulnerable. For most of us, our only coping mechanism is to pick up and use. With the relapse rate rising, the overdose rate is also increasing, and access to treatment has decreased. If nothing else, please try to supply your loved one with Narcan.
Although this may be a time for social distancing, and we are all trying to adjust to this new normal, this population is more at risk than most realize. Please continuously check on your loved ones. Offer more support than you normally would. If your loved one is unable to practice healthy drug use, can you help them find ways to do so? During this time, we all are trying to do our best, and this is new for all of us. Please continue to support your child through this.
The Harm Reduction Coalition has published suggestions to practices for safer using. Below I have listed the Harm Reduction Coalition website in hopes of reminding everyone to do the best you can: reach out to friends, sources of harm reduction information, syringe service providers (SSP), and other health or social service providers to plan for what to do so you can stay safe and take care of one another.
A Daughter’s Perspective
Disclaimer: The above advice is not meant to be construed as medical or legal advice. If you need professional medical, psychological, or legal advice, please contact a doctor, lawyer, or medical center.
Keriann Caccavaro is a recovery coach, drug court advocate, and woman in long term recovery helping to support people struggling with addiction and their families. You can learn more about her on LinkedIn or Facebook.
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