Dr. Archambeau can relate on a personal level. Dr. Archambeau overcame substance use dependency himself and now actively incorporates recovery into his medical practice. Physicians routinely refer patients with substance-use concerns to Dr. Archambeau, who serves as medical director of Faces and Voices of Recovery Grand Strand, a group that promotes long-term recovery from substance use disorder through support, education and advocacy.
“The stress of isolation and quarantining has really taken its toll, not just on those in recovery, but on the population as a whole,” he says.
While virtual cocktail hours with friends can provide valuable social interaction and help people manage COVID 19-related stress, Dr. Archambeau says you must remain keenly aware of your consumption and habits.
“If friends or family members begin questioning your behavior or complaining about your use, if you are waking up in the morning feeling bad about the day before or guilty about your behavior, those are early signs that say you need to be looking for help,” he says.