2020 has been one the most difficult years we have ever experienced. From the pandemic to rising addiction deaths and a nation divided, it feels like we can’t get a break! Unfortunately, we’re not out of it yet. Experts are saying with many students starting their school year virtually that new stressors may be the catalyst of students turning to substance abuse in order to cope. They are predicting that social isolation as a result of the pandemic and distance learning will increase cases of anxiety and depression among students. They believe that students will look for a way to cope with the negative emotions and could turn to drugs or alcohol. Here are some signs to watch for:
- Changes in behavior
- Changes in diet
- Changes in relationships
If you notice these changes, look into what the underlying issue may be and keep the communication lines open. If you believe that someone you know is struggling with addiction, please reach out to us.