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Dec. 4, 2020 – Addiction specialists are encouraging employers to understand that working from home might not be the best environment for some people, especially those who struggle with addiction.

“I meet people who say, ‘I relapsed because I’m home and I’m alone and I’m not busy with my job or the socialization of the job environment,’” said Andrea Lubeck of Inova Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services.

Addiction treatment and recovery are also more challenging now because many group and in-person therapy sessions can only be held virtually.

“People are having a very, very hard time maintaining recovery in this sort of isolated, virtual state,” Bentley said.

One silver lining is that while overdoses are up, Alexandria says the number of overdose deaths is flat — which they attribute to police officers carrying NARCAN, a potentially life saving drug given to someone experiencing an overdose.

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