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The Other Second Wave: COVID Stressors, Politics, and the Holidays


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Holidays can be hard for everyone, whether it be relationships, not being able to spend time with family, painful memories of those we have lost, financial strain, etc. They tend to bring up all types of emotions and not all of them are joyous or cause for celebration. This year, even more so as COVID-19 rages and the political climate boils. 2020 has brought us to our knees as a society but for those already struggling or battling addiction, it has taken an even harder toll. And with a second wave upon us, the message at BRIGHTSIDE Clinic is clear: we are here, no matter what, at all costs.

According to the American Medical Association, there has been a rise in the number of opioid-related overdoses, with more than 35 states reporting increases in opioid mortalities in 2020. Dr. Kushner and his team specialize in both opioid and heroin addiction. Using an effective treatment called Suboxone, patients can see results quickly.  The CDC reports drug-induced deaths typically spike in December and January but this year the uptick is expected to be significant. In a recent survey, nearly 41 percent of respondents reported one or more behavioral or mental health conditions, including substance use, symptoms of depression, or suicidal thoughts. If you or a loved one is suffering from opioid use disorder, please seek immediate professional help. BRIGHTSIDE Clinic is here to help, day or night, for more information, please call us at 224-205-7863.

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