Jackie Nitschke Center continues to offer support during coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 9:58 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 10:08:04-04

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- The coronavirus pandemic has led to a time of uncertainty for many people in Northeast Wisconsin.

Leaders at the Jackie Nitschke Center say it can then lead to unhealthy ways of coping.

“Certainly, alcohol or other drugs as a numbing agent is something that can become popular and very problematic in a short amount of time,” clinical supervisor Tina Marie Baeten said.

Another challenge is the isolation many people are faced with as the pandemic continues. Those feelings can also be a risk factor for substance abuse.

"Isolation is often characteristic in addiction," Jackie Nitschke Center CEO Lawrence Connors said. "So, you can only imagine with people being more isolated now, the need to connect becomes essential.”

With risk factors of abuse possibly heightened, leaders at the center have evolved to try to help people. Leaders have launched a family support program, offered meditation programs, and found ways to stay connected with people who need to talk.

“We have started a recovery wellness check-in program for anybody in the community," Connors said. "Several times a week where people can call in and just connect with people in recovery.”

“Shedding light on the realities of the disease for people to come out of hiding, to really share with one another that they’re not alone is so vital," Baeten said.

Making those connections isn't always easy as we're told to stay apart, but officials with the Jackie Nitschke Center said they'll continue to be there for anybody who needs.

If you or someone you know needs to talk with someone at the center, you can call them at (920) 435-2093.

Leaders at the center also said they are accepting donations if you'd like to help them during this pandemic.