Managing Addiction during Covid-19 pandemic

Jan 13, 2022

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COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the physical and mental health of people all over the world. Increased morbidity, mortality, extensive lockdowns, and hopelessness forced many people to resort to substance use to cope with the stress. According to CBC about 13 % individuals started or increased the drug use to deal with the mental anxiety, as of June 2020. The incidences of overdose also increased by 18% nationwide. With the increased substance misuse, the influx of patients in addiction rehabilitation clinics also increased by 53% in July 2021.

Such a drastic rise in patient influx required additional staff, and it became a challenge to accommodate all those who needed help. Moreover, a lot of individuals were not be able to visit in-person facilities due to personal reasons. Some people were dependent on a caretaker for commute due to disability, some had other matters to attend to, and others simply did not even have a rehab facility nearby. Such conditions paved the way for virtual rehabilitative services which made care accessible to a large number of individuals.

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According to CDC, digital consultations increased by 154% from 2019 to 2020. With virtual care systems, people suffering from substance abuse can easily access mental healthcare. BlueJay enables providers to provide virtual consultations and motivate patients to prioritize their health. BlueJay’s features such as secure messaging, follow-ups, surveys and compliance tracking facilitate care delivery and ensure patient’s progress.