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Doctors expect increase in substance abuse reports

Posted at 6:49 AM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 07:49:44-04

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.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, click here for resources that can help.