Let’s face it, 2020 has not been a banner year for a lot of people. It’s fair to say it’s been uncommonly rough for so many, especially those with mental health and addiction issues. Many people have felt disconnected and isolated at this time and it has made a huge impact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that as of late June 2020, 40% of adults in the U.S. have struggled with their mental health or substance use.
An increase in anxiety or depression can lead people down a path to find relief from what they are feeling. Sometimes that path leads to unhealthy coping mechanisms like substance use. With that in mind, it’s relevant to note that the number of overdoses in the U.S. has spiked since last year. The Washington Post reports that “For every 10 suspected overdoses that were reported to the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) in May 2019, 14 overdoses were reported in May 2020.”
Alcohol use has also increased since last year. In a report from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network, national alcohol sales rose 51% in March 2020, and shortly after, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that alcohol use during the pandemic has the potential to worsen health concerns and intensify risk-taking behaviors.
Now is the right time to enter an inpatient treatment program if you’ve been thinking about it. With increased rates of overdoses and alcohol abuse, getting help now is more important than ever. In truth, now has always been the right time despite any possible anxieties about COVID-19.
We don’t have any concrete answers as to when COVID-19 will no longer be a concern, so waiting to get help isn’t a reasonable option. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) did a study on waiting times as a barrier to treatment. The study noted that whether it affects mental health or physical health, waiting can often be detrimental to the person dealing with substance use. As one study subject remarked, “You know a lot can happen in a week.”
Understandably, anyone might be nervous to enter an inpatient treatment center while a pandemic is occurring all over the world. However, rest assured that most facilities have safeguards to ensure that staff, clients, and clients’ families are safe throughout the entire treatment process. At The Right Step DFW, every precaution has been taken to comply with up-to-date CDC guidelines so you can feel secure in your treatment.
This year has been a challenge for many, and perhaps it has been extra challenging for you if you’ve been struggling with substance use. It doesn’t have to keep going in that direction, though. It’s always a good time to turn your life around.
While this year hasn’t gone the way many people have wanted, but that doesn’t mean it will end the way it started. There’s always hope for the future. The Right Step DFW can help you get on the path to recovery right now. Let us help you find the best treatment options. Call us today at (844)768-1161.