NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As Nashville continues to rebound from COVID-19, there are some signs you may need to be on the lookout for with family and friends you haven’t seen in a while because of social distancing.
Experts say addictions flourish in isolation, and now is the time to get help to those who may need it.
Doctors with Cumberland Heights addiction recovery center say now may be the time to be on the lookout for a spike in addiction cases.
Dr. Chapman Sledge says while Middle Tennessee has been largely at home due to COVID-19 over the last few months, the conditions were right for substance abuse problems to develop.
"It seems like a perfect storm for addiction to brew," Sledge said. "The combination of stress and a lack of accountability with a day to day schedule, boredom, loneliness."
But now that the state is opening back up, Sledge says neighbors, friends and family may notice changes in those they haven’t been able to see face to face - things like changes in mood or physical appearance - something people with addictions can’t usually see themselves.
What is the rebound?
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Getting Back To WorkLearn about the latest job openings, how to file for benefits and succeed in the job market.
Making Ends MeetFind help on topics from rent to food to new belt-tightening techniques.
Managing the PressureFeeling isolated or frustrated? Learn ways to connect with people virtually, get counseling or manage your stress.
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