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At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, state and federal
authorities relaxed certain regulations which allow for the use
and expansion of virtual services. This has been essential for
the provision of outpatient substance use disorder treatment.
Certain therapeutic services typically provided in-person,
such as evaluation and therapy sessions, have been able to
be provided in a virtual manner. It appears the relaxing of
these certain regulations will continue during the COVID-19
pandemic. In fact, the combination of in-person and virtual
services as a more permanent means of providing services is
under consideration at both the state and federal level.
Many suffering from an opioid use disorder require the use of
specific medications to help them attain and maintain recovery.
The medications methadone, buprenorphine (Suboxone®) or
naltrexone (Vivitrol®), in combination with counseling and
supportive services, have proven to be effective in combating
an opioid use disorder. The medication assisted treatment
services never ceased during the COVID-19 pandemic and
even now continue robustly.
Residential treatment and recovery housing have been the most
impacted of the treatment and supportive services. While
these services never ceased, residential detoxification and
rehabilitation treatment programs as well as recovery housing
have had the greatest challenges during the COVID-19
pandemic. Like many businesses in our community and
across the nation, these facilities experienced severe financial
hardships. This is due largely to the costs associated with
having to limit client capacity, implementing and adhering to
COVID-19 specific protocols as well as experiencing staffing
issues and shortages due to quarantining.

In Berks County, over 100 people lost their life
to a drug-related overdose in 2019.
Source: Berks County Coroner

SOS Berks is a coalition invested in providing the
necessary assistance, support, resources, and
education to raise awareness, stop the stigma,
and end overdose deaths in Berks County, PA.

@SOSBerks

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Fortunately, telephone, web-based and other virtual support
groups were established to provide a forum for individuals to
continue to receive the necessary recovery sustaining support.
Currently, a small number of groups have been able to reengage on a limited basis while adhering to all social distancing
practices.
Community stakeholders that comprise SOS Berks, the
county's opioid/overdose coalition, continue to meet via
videoconferencing. Through these virtual meetings it is still
possible to share information and ideas as well as to discuss
and develop projects and programs to help reduce overdoses as
well as address the impact substance use disorders have on our
community. Regardless of the challenges, SOS Berks remains
committed, and the work will continue.
The sad reality is that individuals and families continue to suffer
from the ravages of the overdose crisis as well as from the effects
of substance use disorders. Without a doubt, COVID-19
has cast a large shadow by limiting various activities in our
community. However, it is important for everyone to know
that help and resources are still available for those suffering
from a substance use disorder.
All of us are hopeful and confident that things will improve
and that this dreadful COVID-19 pandemic will not only
subside but that it will transition us to a new, different, and
better future. Until that time be safe and stay healthy!

Learn more about our efforts on our website:
sosberks.com

@SOSBerks

In Berks County and across the nation, all-important
community-based recovery supports have been hampered
during the COVID-19 pandemic. 12-step programs and
other mutual aid recovery supports which have historically
met in-person were unable to meet in-person during this time.
Such supports are the foundation of long-term recovery from
a substance use disorder.


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