The coronavirus pandemic is testing the resilience of millions who struggle with drug and alcohol addictionBy CARLA K. JOHNSON and REGINA GARCIA CANO Associated PressApril 1, 2020, 9:14 PM4 min readSEATTLE — Charlie Campbell, nearly 13 years sober, is feeling tested today more than ever to stay that way. His dad is recovering from COVID-19 in a suburban Seattle hospital. His mom, who has dementia, lives in a facility that now bars visitors because of the virus. A good friend recently killed himself. Last week, Campbell, 61, tried his first online Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. His internet was shaky and he didn’t get to speak. The meeting did not give him the peace and serenity he craved. “I’m a face-to-face kind of person,” Campbell said. Still, he hasn’t relapsed. The coronavirus pandemic is challenging the millions who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction and threatening America’s progress against the opioid crisis, said Dr. Caleb Alexander of Johns Hopkins’ school of public health. People in recovery rely on human contact, Alexander said, so the longer social distancing is needed “the more strained people may feel.” Therapists and doctors are finding ways to work with patients in person or by phone and trying


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