There is a startling trend of increased substance use during the summer months and even more so, drug overdose deaths. Research has shown that approximately 30% of people aged twelve and up are likely to initiate substance use during the summer.
The reasons for this increase include social, mental, and environmental factors such as summer parties, concerts, and outdoor events creating situations that normalize and even glamorize the use of substances, which can lead to peer pressure to partake in use. Alternatively, some people use substances as a form of escapism, seeking temporary relief from stress, and to cope with mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. We can help address the risk of substance use through awareness, education, and support.
What can you do to help?
> Educate yourself about the risks of substance use.
> Be a part of community initiatives, sober events, and support the people in your life who may be in recovery.
> Share your concerns about addiction with friends or loved ones who may use drugs and LISTEN empathically to their views and experiences, validating their feelings.
> Offer to help find treatment or support groups for those you know are in need.
> Learn about the administration of lifesaving medication like naloxone for someone who may suffer an overdose.
By fostering community support, providing accessible treatment, and implementing harm reduction measures, we can create a safer summer for everyone to enjoy.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
SAMHSA also has an online Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
Connecticut Addiction Services: ctaddictionservices.com
Online listing of Withdrawal Management (Detox), Residential Treatment, Recovery Houses, Sober Houses, and Walk-In Services in CT
Never Use Alone Hotline: 1-800-484-3731
24/7 Overdose Response Hotline
CT Harm Reduction Resources: via CT.gov
User: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery
Family and Friends: Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, SMART Recovery Family and Friends