Substance abuse and recovery are two of the hardest things to deal with, and for many, it can be a make-or-break issue. When it comes to dealing with a global pandemic on the scale that we are currently dealing with, it can also be difficult for those that are dealing with substance abuse to deal with the possibility of becoming ill and possibly facing hospitalization. Vaccination can help on a much larger scale than many people realize.
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Why Get Vaccinated if You’re in Recovery?
There are many factors that make people more or less susceptible to contracting the COVID-19 virus. Substance abuse conditions and disorders are factors that make a person more likely to contract the virus and suffer serious side effects. So, why are those in recovery or those dealing with substance abuse more likely to get the virus? The answer is somewhat simple. The main issue is that substance abuse often weakens the immune system.
Also, those struggling with a current addiction or people in recovery may not want to seek medical attention, even if they do become ill because of past bad experiences with medical staff and with other medical facilities. It can be difficult for people that have been dealing with substance abuse and recovery to come to terms with the fact that they need to be vaccinated and that there are benefits to it.
Research shows that those that are struggling with substance abuse or that are in recovery programs are more likely to contract the virus and are more likely to suffer adverse reactions to it making vaccination a very important step. Those that are dealing with substance abuse or that are also dealing with recovery can benefit greatly from vaccination and from protecting themselves and those around them from possible infection.
Another risk factor is those who are going to rehab are also likely living in a group setting which does increase the chances of transmission of the virus as well. Vaccination is a step in the right direction and can help keep you safe and keep you healthy if you are in recovery or have suffered from substance abuse in the past. Officials are encouraging those that have gotten sober or that are in recovery to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
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