Covid-19 has highlighted how our actions impact ourselves and the people around us. It’s helpful to consider how the use of alcohol and drugs can influence and impact our ability to cope with this situation.
Life was tough enough, and Covid-19 can make everything seem harder. Faced with challenging circumstances, alcohol and drugs can seem like a way to cope. We may feel they will help us escape the uncertainty of this pandemic.
Both the Covid-19 situation and substances can impact mental health, so inform yourself as much as possible to make the right decisions for you.
Reasons for using substances during Covid-19
- Covid-19 has created a lot of uncertainty in our lives that many of us find difficult to sit with. Getting high or drunk can feel like a way to escape this.
- Anxiety naturally produces a fight, flight, or freeze response that can make us feel uncomfortable both in our bodies and with our thoughts. Alcohol or drugs can seem like a reasonable response to help calm this.
- Media stories have shown how anxiety has led to panic buying. This is likely because it help us to feel more in control to focus on the problems that we can fix. This type of impulsive response to the situation can also be seen with substance use.
- With the limited social contact and outlets, as well as increased hours indoors, it simply might seem like there’s nothing else to do.