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One fatal overdose in Palm Beach County was reported during Hurricane Irma, and two other people overdosed at emergency shelters that were put in place to provide refuge for Florida residents during the storm. Both of these people were able to be revived through the administration of naloxone.
For people in recovery in Florida, Hurricane Irma has caused a huge disruption. In addition to the disruption to services created – many rehabilitation centers and sober homes had to be evacuated – it also created a sense of instability and fear as people had to grapple with how best to manage the crisis. Many dealt with an increase in cravings as a result, especially those who are used to dealing with stress through drug or alcohol use.
Learning how to deal with stress, grief and loss, fear, anger, and/or anxiety healthfully is one of the biggest lessons of recovery.
Here’s what you need to know to make it easier:
When you face an extreme stress event in your life – like a natural disaster, the loss of a loved one, a breakup or divorce, etc. – your first impulse may be to drink or get high but you do not have to follow that impulse. You can, instead, choose to make healthy choices that will improve your life in the moment and strengthen your confidence and ability to manage stressors in the future.
How do you handle in stress in recovery? What do you do when you experience cravings for drugs and alcohol?