Countless articles such as “The Epidemic Raging Within the Pandemic” circulate news cycles all over the country even though inpatient and outpatient opioid recovery treatment options are available via private and public options. The article focuses on West Virginia, though applies nearly everywhere:
“Long before the pandemic came along, the nation, especially Appalachia, was in the throes of a deadly epidemic: opioid and meth addiction. It was a crisis that tore apart families, devastated communities, and destroyed lives. As the pandemic continues, so does the opioid epidemic, with the pandemic’s widespread effects causing opioid addiction to escalate at alarming numbers.
The Overdose Data Mapping Application Program report published in May showed fatal overdoses rose by almost 11.4% over the last year. In July, the American Medical Association warned about an increase of reports from across the country showing a dramatic increase in opioid-related mortality during the pandemic.”
Covid-19, job loss, insurance concerns, housing loss, transportation issues can contribute to the perception that help is unattainable when resources are more available than ever. An important piece of this is in recognizing the connectivity craved by all. If substance use or addiction is a disease, diagnosis is vital so that ongoing care – and connection – can begin. Recovery treatment begins a relationship between not just patient and healthcare provider but person to person. In the case of comprehensive outpatient care that allows one to continue work or look for work, patients can immerse themselves in new healthy relationships with a team of recovery care professionals including doctors, PAs, nurses, counselors, care ambassadors and so on. Every visit, whether in person or via telehealth, is a check-in mentally, emotionally and physically. The need for real human connection is vital in an era of unprecedented isolation, an epidemic and technology working against us.
The importance of treatment for addiction can begin with Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) to get one feeling better and Intensive Outpatient Treatment to get one into group, family and individual counseling suited to needs and schedules. Peer to peer recovery also provides another level of connection opportunity. Being able to do all this in one location, under roof with one team, a patient learns to trust which is proven vital to successful outcomes. Trust that there’s attainable help out there. Trust the connectivity of a team approach to your recovery.