What would you do if you found yourself without access to your medication due to a natural disaster?
It’s a question not many people think about but has become more relevant given recent events such as the catastrophic storms that devastated places like Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. It is not yet clear how these storms have affected persons in recovery, but we need not look further back than the effects of hurricane Katrina. We know that some of the difficulties faced in the wake of Katrina was access to treatment, shortages in staff, and the increase in access to illicit substances (Lassiter & VanderGast, 2017). In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New York suffered from an influx of clients who had no mode of transportation to their treatment centers due to suspended public transportation (McClure,Mendoza, Duncan,Rotrosen, & Hansen, 2014).
Having plenty of bottled water and canned foods before the event is critical. But having a plan with regards to treatment and medication is essential too! Below are some things that you should consider when developing your plan.
- Do you have enough medication to last you for a couple of days given the reported forecast of the event?
- Where are you keeping your medication? Is it safe from the elements? Here are some resources
- What is your plan for transportation if public transportation is suspended?
- What is your plan when faced with the temptation to use? Who can you count on for support?
Natural disasters such as the most recent events in our country are stressful and can and will impact your recovery. The most important thing that you can do in such an event, is the same important thing that you do now in your recovery. That is, plan for success, and carry out for results.