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Receive the latest updates concerning COVID-19 in Cobb County:
From the YMCA of Metro Atlanta (ymcaatlanta.org):
We are activating our YMCA branch locations to deliver childcare for thousands of healthcare workers and emergency responders on the frontlines of COVID-19. Based on demand, we will be able to serve almost 2,000 children daily. This program allows hospitals and emergency services to remain fully staffed in order to protect and care for our community.
We are distributing meals for early learners, families and seniors at YMCA sites, expanding our food pantries and partnering to provide additional food distribution programs. In our first three days alone, we distributed meals to more than 4,000 families and seniors. This number grows daily.
MUST ministries and Cobb County Schools are offering school breakfast and lunches. Also available are family groceries boxes and a network of neighborhood food pantries.
MUST Ministries distribution sites: https://www.mustministries.org/must-food-rapid-response
To volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate: https://www.facebook.com/mustministries/posts/10158220429709808
Sweetwater Mission Family Life Resource Center is offering groceries to low-income families in Cobb, Paulding and Douglas Counties. The limit is one per household per month.
Address is 6130 Hotel St., Austell, GA 30106. Bring picture ID and current utility bill, lease or rent receipt. Open hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed on Saturdays and Sundays).
Visit sweetwatermission.org for more information or call 770-819-0662.
Through the Meals on Wheels program, Cobb County provides a nutritionally balanced meal to qualifying homebound older adults within the county. Meals are delivered five days per week by our dedicated and trained volunteers to the client’s door. Menus are planned and prepared under the supervision of a registered dietitian and are designed to provide one-third of an adult’s daily nutritional requirements. Clients who have difficulty adequately feeding their cat or dog may receive supplemental pet food at no charge.
In order to be eligible for Meals on Wheels a person must reside in Cobb County, be at least 60 years of age and have a physical or mental disability that prevents him or her from preparing meals on a daily basis. All clients are assessed through our Care Management team and cost is determined by household income on a sliding scale. No client is denied services due to inability to pay.
For more information on receiving meals, call 770-528-5364.
For more information on volunteering, contact 770-528-5381.
COVID-19 has caused unprecedented changes in the way that we live our lives. It has stopped a tremendous amount of personal and economic activity, at least in the short term. However, COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, has not put a stop to addiction, nor has it put an end to the need for drug and alcohol rehab.
COVID-19/Coronavirus has impacted many aspects of addiction. For example, because of enforced social distancing guidelines and curfews, it is very difficult for many to acquire drugs. Similarly, the closing of bars and restaurants has limited the opportunities for many to drink socially, although alcohol is still available in most places.
Although COVID-19/Coronavirus may have put some obstacles in the way of acquiring a substance, it has not treated the underlying causes behind substance use, nor has it put an end to substance abuse. In fact, these obstacles may even add to the desperation of an addict who is unable to acquire their substance of choice.
For many, COVID-19/Coronavirus has added to the underlying mental and emotional issues that underlie their addiction. For example, stress, loneliness, depression, boredom, isolation, and more are becoming issues for many as a result of the impacts of COVID-19, all of which often are closely linked with substance abuse. COVID-19 and its fallout may trigger many to drink or use.
Addiction has a significant impact on the spread of COVID-19, as well as its progression. When individuals abuse substances, especially alcohol, their decision-making and judgement are often impaired, as is their ability to properly gauge risk. For this reason, they may not follow social distancing guidelines and contribute to the spread of the virus.
Men, especially in countries like Italy and China, have a significantly higher rates of hospitalization and fatality than women. However, it appears that men and women are infected at roughly equal rates. It has been widely theorized that one of the primary factors at play is that men demonstrate significantly higher rates of smoking than women in these countries.
It is believed that the long-term long and respiratory damage caused by smoking weakens them and leaves them especially vulnerable to COVID-19/Coronavirus. It is unclear whether this applies to other smoked drugs such as Crack Cocaine, Marijuana, and Meth, but it is very likely.
Additionally, intravenous drug use, such as shooting Heroin or other opioids, is known to dramatically increase the risk of heart and other pulmonary infections, which also make an individual more susceptible to the worst consequences of COVID-19-Coronavirus.
Yes, rehab is still open because rehab for drug and alcohol addiction is an essential service, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. For many people, the risks of alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose are more dangerous and urgent than the risk of coronavirus, so rehab cannot stop. Like the medical professionals in America’s clinics and hospitals, the treatment specialists who work in rehab centers are dedicated to helping the community during these uncertain times. Across the country, rehab centers remain ready and available to provide high-quality treatment to anyone who endeavors to overcome substance abuse.
Yes, rehab is still safe. Right now, rehab centers are taking preventive measures to ensure that their facilities remain coronavirus-free. More specifically, rehab centers are regularly testing patients and potential patients for COVID-19, adapting their programs to comply with social-distancing guidelines, and making sure that their facilities have adequate supplies of hand sanitizer at all times.
You might feel that now is the time to stay home and worry about your addiction later, but today is always the best day to start recovery. In fact, isolation and loneliness may worsen your substance abuse. If you’re already stuck at home, why not take this pandemic as an opportunity to improve yourself and get better? After all, before the pandemic started, you may not have been able to take time off from your job, classes, or social life to get treatment, but now you can.
Find drug and alcohol rehab resources during COVID-19/Coronavirus at addictioncenter.com/covid-19/.
AddictionCenter.com is a referral service that provides information about addiction treatment practitioners and facilities. AddictionCenter.com is not a medical provider or treatment facility and does not provide medical advice. AddictionCenter.com does not endorse any treatment facility or guarantee the quality of care provided, or the results to be achieved, by any treatment facility. The information provided by AddictionCenter.com is not a substitute for professional treatment advice.
Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, their families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks.
(From the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, gasubstanceabuse.org.)
Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact.
Jeff Breedlove, chief of communications and policy at the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, speaks with Virginia Prescott about the ways to stay in touch with those in substance abuse recovery during the coronavirus shelter-in-place orders.
Watch the interview and read the full story here: https://wjsp.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/what-you-need-know-dealing-substance-abuse-while-self-isolating.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) is the primary funder of substance abuse prevention services in Georgia. SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) delivers prevention services through a comprehensive, multi-strategic prevention approach by:
SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
What are the hours of operation?
The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.
Do I need health insurance to receive this service?
The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.
Will my information be kept confidential?
The service is confidential. We will not ask you for any personal information. We may ask for your zip code or other pertinent geographic information in order to track calls being routed to other offices or to accurately identify the local resources appropriate to your needs.
Do you provide counseling?
No, we do not provide counseling. Trained information specialists answer calls, transfer callers to state services or other appropriate intake centers in their states, and connect them with local assistance and support.
For an extensive list of emotional support access lines, open the flyer linked below.
COVID-19 Emotional Support Line and Other Resources Flyer (PDF)