Is hand sanitiser a relapse trigger for those who are recovering from alcoholism?
Alcohol-based sanitisers have been introduced as a means of preventing contamination and the spread of illness so quickly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that people unable to use alcohol have been alienated from a product the government has since deemed a necessity.
November 16th is the beginning of Alcohol Awareness Week, and although it's obvious alcoholic beverages can be a trigger to recovering alcoholics, it's easy to forget that alcohol-based products can be as well.
In the early 2000s, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) picked up on alcohol gel and hand sanitiser's effectiveness, it became a staple in hospitals, schools, and offices. Around the same time, however, others began to look for alternatives and the possibility of alcohol-free variations.
For facilities like drug and alcohol treatment centres these became a necessity, as alcohol-based hand sanitisers were becoming a relapse trigger for those attempting to get sober.
"The sense of smell is a very strong indicator to trigger urges, and impulses of obsession and even cravings, they'll put it on their hands, and lick their fingers. Or they'll put it on their hands and keep inhaling the vapours of it." — Board-certified addictionologist Dr. Joseph Bradley
Due to the nature of the disease, these triggers can cause recovering addicts to act in unnatural ways to fulfil their cravings.
It's important to remember that the battle to fight alcoholism is a long and difficult process. We must not forget that these people must be finding it even more difficult these days. Access to and means of sanitising/disinfecting must be accessible for all to use.
MYDIS is an alcohol-free alternative that has been scientifically proven to be effective and also produces no vapour or fragrance. It can be used on even sensitive skin types (eg. eczema) and by children. Our solution can be used to sanitise multiple surfaces and is ideal for repetitive use.
If you are struggling with your recovery or are an organisation that can benefit from MYDIS, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We are here to help.