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People in addiction treatment are losing crucial support during coronavirus pandemic

Debbie Cenziper
Reporter

Isolation, Randy Albright has learned after 445 days in recovery, can be a perilous thing. It’s why, until recently, he was showing up three days a week at the Recovery Centers of America in suburban Maryland, leading group support sessions before heading to his midnight shift as a project manager for Metro.

“Isolation is a luxury that you have to learn to grow into,” he often told the group, former users of pain pills, heroin, alcohol and other drugs.

Now, with much of the country shut down amid calls for social distancing, 56-year-old Albright and thousands of others face weeks or months without the in-person meetings and support services long considered a lifeline in drug treatment and recovery.

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