Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Holiday stress is nothing new. But this year, as we celebrate the holidays in the midst of the pandemic, more people than ever will struggle with feelings of anxiety, isolation and loneliness. With that in mind, the state has begun promoting resources aimed at helping people who are finding this season particularly challenging.
In a recent press announcement, the Wolf Administration provided phone numbers to help lines and links to websites that offer support. The announcement specifically addresses the needs of people with mental health issues and older Pennsylvanians, as well as those suffering from substance use disorder.
"The holidays may be difficult for individuals with a substance use disorder or people in recovery, especially if they become stressed by changes to their schedule or daily routine, are not able to see their support network in-person, have strained or non-existent relationships with family members, or are faced with potential triggers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most dangerous time of the year for substance use and alcohol-related deaths are around the holiday months," the announcement stated.
The announcement directs people seeking treatment for themselves or a loved one to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs toll-free helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or anonymous chat service at www.ddap.pa.gov. It also provides information on where to get Naloxone, the life saving drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. https://www.pa.gov/guides/opioid-epidemic/