Updated: June 29, 2020 10:34 PM
Created: June 29, 2020 02:51 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Staying sober has become more challenging during the pandemic.
Stress is high for many, and people can't meet in groups to discuss their problems.
Health experts say the pandemic could be a recipe for relapse for recovering addicts.
"There was some research that I was reading recently in Well Being Trust, they estimated that as many as 75,000 additional people in the United States could die from drug and alcohol misuse and suicide as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic," said Paul Brethen, co- founded SoberBuddy, an app that helps people through each stage of recovery.
According to a report by the Addiction Policy Forum, a third of people say the pandemic has disrupted their access to treatment.
Many people are turning to virtual tools to stay sober.
"The app has great information," Brethen said. "There are daily challenges to help them stay sober, and the skills to keep them moving in a positive direction."
Health experts say more research is needed to get more data on substance abuse during the pandemic, and also what the long-term affects may be.
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