Drug and Alcohol Use Expected to Increase due to Implications of the Coronavirus

How coronavirus is impacting alcohol and drug use

Coronavirus is causing a spike in mental health issues. People feel isolated, lonely and scared. Pile on top the financial and health fears and unfortunately for people already at risk of alcohol and drug dependency, that could mean more risk of harm.

And the problems aren’t likely to go away soon: Australia might take 18 months or more to bounce back, meaning those people are at risk for a long time.

Already 40% of Australians either:

  • Smoke daily,
  • Drink a risky amount of alcohol, or
  • Have used illegal drugs in the last 12 months.

So what can we do about it? Well, if you’re concerned and want to help then now is a great time to consider becoming an Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Counsellor by joining a Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs course online with TrainSmart Australia.

How alcohol and drugs put people at risk

Reports are coming out that Australians are drinking more in lockdown. And we already knew that psychological stress, unemployment, and isolation are triggers for increased drug use.

Immediate risks

Increased reliance on alcohol and drugs has several short-term risks (also called acute risks) for people of all ages:

  • Drug overdose
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Impaired immune system
  • Lung problems
  • Spreading coronavirus through shared drug use
  • Increased domestic violence

Long term risks

Even if the problems aren’t immediately present, there are long-term repercussions for people who rely on alcohol and drugs to get through:

  • Chronic health problems
  • Unemployment
  • Financial problems
  • Dependency and withdrawal
  • Relapse later on

How you can help

There will be a lot of people needing treatment for alcohol and drug dependency in the next couple of years, as Australia comes out the other side of coronavirus. Armed with a Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, you could be one of the people helping those affected get back on their feet.

Why study a Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs?

There is so much more to overcoming addiction than rehab centres. During an 8-month Diploma course you will learn the essential intervention and recovery skills to reduce risk, both for people experiencing drug and alcohol dependency, and their families:

  • How to intervene safely
  • Building relationships with addicts and families
  • What it’s like to work in AOD support
  • Domestic violence, loss and grief support
  • Mental health strategies
  • AOD treatment plans

Whether you take those skills to a rehab centre, group support program, on-the-ground treatment program, Counselling service or youth centre, there are so many ways to help. The first step is to request more information about a Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs and enrol in our online course.

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