Drug or alcohol addiction: Links and resources (Updated Oct. 13)

Georgia Council on Substance Abuse Resources (added Oct. 13, 2020)

(From the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, gasubstanceabuse.org.)

Georgia Council on Substance Abuse Virtual All Recovery Meetings

GCSA is privileged to be of service to the Georgia recovery community.

GCSA Virtual All Recovery Meeting Information

Seven days a week, 10-11 a.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

If you are looking to join zoom meeting via laptop: https://zoom.us/j/695949293

Meeting ID: 695 949 293

If you are looking to join via telephone, dial 646-876-9923

Meeting ID: 695 949 293

Georgia Council on Substance Abuse Virtual All Recovery Meetings flyer

Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line (added Oct. 13, 2020)

The Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During these hard times, many have been left to manage their emotions alone. Our mental health professionals are here to help.

To educators: Educators fulfill a significant responsibility. As an opportunity to support you in the work that you do caring for students, the Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is providing free and confidential assistance to educators needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You don’t have to manage your emotions alone. 

To frontline healthcare workers: In an effort to support the frontline workers who have taken such great care of our state, the Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential aassistance to callers needing emotional support, referrals or resource information as aresult of the COVID-19 pandemic. During these hard times, many have been left to manage their emotions alone. 

A partnership between the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Beacon Health Options, and Behavioral Health Link.


Seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line Flyer

Managing Addiction Recovery in Isolation (added Oct. 13, 2020)

(from onlinemswprograms.com)

This guide explains the challenges that isolation creates for people in recovery, how loved ones and professionals can provide support, and how they can maintain critical support for themselves. Additionally, the guide shares apps and educational resources to support recovery.


COVID-19/Coronavirus and Drug and Alcohol Rehab (added April 30, 2020)

(from AddictionCenter.com)

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented changes in the way that we live our lives. It has stopped a tremendous amount of personal and economic activity, at least in the short term. However, COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, has not put a stop to addiction, nor has it put an end to the need for drug and alcohol rehab.

How Has COVID-19/Coronavirus Impacted Addiction?

COVID-19/Coronavirus has impacted many aspects of addiction. For example, because of enforced social distancing guidelines and curfews, it is very difficult for many to acquire drugs. Similarly, the closing of bars and restaurants has limited the opportunities for many to drink socially, although alcohol is still available in most places.

Although COVID-19/Coronavirus may have put some obstacles in the way of acquiring a substance, it has not treated the underlying causes behind substance use, nor has it put an end to substance abuse. In fact, these obstacles may even add to the desperation of an addict who is unable to acquire their substance of choice.

For many, COVID-19/Coronavirus has added to the underlying mental and emotional issues that underlie their addiction. For example, stress, loneliness, depression, boredom, isolation, and more are becoming issues for many as a result of the impacts of COVID-19, all of which often are closely linked with substance abuse. COVID-19 and its fallout may trigger many to drink or use.

How Has Addiction Impacted COVID-19/Coronavirus?

Addiction has a significant impact on the spread of COVID-19, as well as its progression. When individuals abuse substances, especially alcohol, their decision-making and judgement are often impaired, as is their ability to properly gauge risk. For this reason, they may not follow social distancing guidelines and contribute to the spread of the virus.

Men, especially in countries like Italy and China, have a significantly higher rates of hospitalization and fatality than women. However, it appears that men and women are infected at roughly equal rates. It has been widely theorized that one of the primary factors  at play is that men demonstrate significantly higher rates of smoking than women in these countries.

It is believed that the long-term long and respiratory damage caused by smoking weakens them and leaves them especially vulnerable to COVID-19/Coronavirus. It is unclear whether this applies to other smoked drugs such as Crack Cocaine, Marijuana, and Meth, but it is very likely.

Additionally, intravenous drug use, such as shooting Heroin or other opioids, is known to dramatically increase the risk of heart and other pulmonary infections, which also make an individual more susceptible to the worst consequences of COVID-19-Coronavirus.

Is Drug or Alcohol Rehab Still Open?

Yes, rehab is still open because rehab for drug and alcohol addiction is an essential service, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. For many people, the risks of alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose are more dangerous and urgent than the risk of coronavirus, so rehab cannot stop. Like the medical professionals in America’s clinics and hospitals, the treatment specialists who work in rehab centers are dedicated to helping the community during these uncertain times. Across the country, rehab centers remain ready and available to provide high-quality treatment to anyone who endeavors to overcome substance abuse.

Is It Still Safe to Go to Drug or Alcohol Rehab Despite COVID-19/Coronavirus?

Yes, rehab is still safe. Right now, rehab centers are taking preventive measures to ensure that their facilities remain coronavirus-free. More specifically, rehab centers are regularly testing patients and potential patients for COVID-19, adapting their programs to comply with social-distancing guidelines, and making sure that their facilities have adequate supplies of hand sanitizer at all times.

Should I Still Go to Drug or Alcohol Rehab Despite COVID-19/Coronavirus?

You might feel that now is the time to stay home and worry about your addiction later, but today is always the best day to start recovery. In fact, isolation and loneliness may worsen your substance abuse. If you’re already stuck at home, why not take this pandemic as an opportunity to improve yourself and get better? After all, before the pandemic started, you may not have been able to take time off from your job, classes, or social life to get treatment, but now you can.

Find drug and alcohol rehab resources during COVID-19/Coronavirus at addictioncenter.com/covid-19/

AddictionCenter.com is a referral service that provides information about addiction treatment practitioners and facilities. AddictionCenter.com is not a medical provider or treatment facility and does not provide medical advice. AddictionCenter.com does not endorse any treatment facility or guarantee the quality of care provided, or the results to be achieved, by any treatment facility. The information provided by AddictionCenter.com is not a substitute for professional treatment advice.

Faces & Voices of Recovery

Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, their families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks.

GPB: What You Need To Know: Dealing with Substance Abuse While Self Isolating

(From the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, gasubstanceabuse.org.)

Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact.

Jeff Breedlove, chief of communications and policy at the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, speaks with Virginia Prescott about the ways to stay in touch with those in substance abuse recovery during the coronavirus shelter-in-place orders. 

Watch the interview and read the full story here: https://wjsp.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/what-you-need-know-dealing-substance-abuse-while-self-isolating.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration

SAMHSA’s First Responders and Disaster Responder’s Portal: www.samhsa.gov/dtac/disaster-responders.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) is the primary funder of substance abuse prevention services in Georgia. SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) delivers prevention services through a comprehensive, multi-strategic prevention approach by:

  • Providing national leadership in the development of policies, programs, and services to prevent the onset of illegal drug use, prescription drug misuse and abuse, alcohol misuse and abuse, and underage alcohol and tobacco use and
  • Promoting effective substance abuse prevention practices that enable states, communities, and other organizations to apply prevention knowledge effectively.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

What are the hours of operation?

The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

Do I need health insurance to receive this service?

The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.

Will my information be kept confidential?

The service is confidential. We will not ask you for any personal information. We may ask for your zip code or other pertinent geographic information in order to track calls being routed to other offices or to accurately identify the local resources appropriate to your needs.

Do you provide counseling?

No, we do not provide counseling. Trained information specialists answer calls, transfer callers to state services or other appropriate intake centers in their states, and connect them with local assistance and support.

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1. Locate Local Food Pantries with FoodFinder (added Dec. 29, 2020)
2. Drug or alcohol addiction: Links and resources (Updated Oct. 13)
3. Cobb County COVID Assistance Center
4. YMCA of Metro Atlanta helping with hunger relief, childcare for first responders
5. MUST Ministries, Cobb Schools offer food opportunities for families
6. Groceries for low-income families
7. Meals on Wheels in Cobb County
8. Emotional support resources