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How COVID-19, addiction collided for what could be Delaware’s deadliest year yet

In Domenica Personti’s nine years of sobriety, never has a year challenged her as much as this one.

In three weeks time, she buried two loved ones – including her grandmother, who Personti described as the “epitome of greatness” and service to others.

Through her work at Recovery Centers of America, Personti has tried to make sure anyone seeking addiction treatment could access it – even with the coronavirus pandemic challenging intake procedures.

Yet, personally, she has watched as months of social isolation, anxiety and depression pushed friends and those in her recovery community back to their vices, back to relapse.

“Taking this home on a regular basis is, on some days, overwhelming at minimum, unbearable on many days,” said Personti, RCA’s director of medication-assisted treatment services. “A lot of times, you get to the end of your day and you go, ‘Did I even make a difference?’

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