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Stress and isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic have caused many people to struggle with their mental health. As the pandemic continues, overdoses and substance use are increasing across the country.

A critical component of substance abuse prevention is understanding the underlying causes. Substance abuse is often a coping mechanism for stress and other mental health conditions. It’s important to be aware of the risk factors to stop it from becoming addiction.

If you or someone you care about needs help managing mental health or substance use issues, contact an Oceans Hospital near you.

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