America has been dealing with a rising addiction epidemic far longer than the current coronavirus public health pandemic that we are currently experiencing. And while the lives of almost all Americans, as well as the world, have come screeching to a halt, the substance use disorders and addiction ravaging the lives of many Americans continue to rage on. Individuals and families impacted by addiction are still feeling its wrath, and possibly even more so now as family members and loved ones are forced to social distance and often find themselves self-quarantined with a spouse, child, parent, or loved one suffering from addiction.
Individuals that suffer from addiction, substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders are great manipulators. They are great at minimizing their drug and alcohol use or misuse. They are great at hiding both drug use and alcohol abuse, as well as behaviors that often accompany addiction. However, as the nation is forced to hunker down and spend hours, days, and weeks at home, both the drug and alcohol use and the accompanying behaviors are now coming to light. Just as those suffering from addiction needed treatment and recovery services before COVID-19, those services may be needed now more than ever before. And while our ongoing coronavirus public health pandemic seemingly may make for a great excuse as to why someone can’t get help or access treatment services, the truth is this: There is no better time than now to go to rehab or treatment and get help for your addiction.
The nation is at a pause. We are told to slow down, to calm down, to be safe and to stay healthy. However, in doing so, those that are suffering from addiction are at greater risk and are in greater need. They need to stay away from hospitals and emergency rooms so that our essential healthcare workers can focus on those with COVID-19 and other medical conditions, and our society can flatten the curve. Therefore, those suffering from addiction need to seek medically and clinically appropriate addiction treatment providers that can directly deal with their substance use disorder or co-occurring disorders. Those suffering from addiction may be experiencing more mental health issues with the fear and stress of COVID-19. Individuals with addiction that also have emotional instability, anger management issues, or violent behavior patterns may be putting family and loved ones at risk of emotional or physical abuse or domestic battery, as we know that substance misuse often plays a large role in those situations. Individuals that are unable to access alcohol or drugs regularly are at medical risk due to withdrawal or be at risk of having medical complications if they can’t obtain substances. And many of the barriers that individuals with addiction often use to delay seeking help, such as work, vacations, family obligations or responsibilities, for the most part, may already have been removed. If you are suffering from addiction, most likely you now have the time you need to seek help. And there is no better time than now.
Addiction does not take a vacation. Addiction does not take time off. Addiction is a daily grind; often hid from those we love the most. Addiction is accompanied by fear and discomfort and anger and resentment and hopelessness and despair. Addiction is the embodiment of loneliness. But those that suffer from addiction often find comfort in the hopelessness that they know rather in the fear they have in change, even if it is a positive change like seeking recovery. So, they come up with whatever excuse they can in order to avoid going to treatment. However, in the midst of our current public health pandemic, many of those barriers have now been removed. And the drug abuse or mental health issues that people typically attempt to hide from their loved ones are all coming to light. So as the addiction crisis rage on within millions of households across America during the country coming to a halt and our daily lives and activities interrupted, the question remains, what better time than now to seek help for addiction?
Now is the time to ask for help. Now is the time to enter rehab or seek addiction treatment services. Now is the time to find health and wellness through recovery from addiction. Now is the time to seek hope, to seek healing, and to ultimately seek freedom from addiction.
Here at Maryland Addiction Recovery Center, we want to assure you that our doors are open, that we are still accepting and admitting patients into all levels of care, whether it is our extended care Community Living Treatment program, or our day or evening Intensive Outpatient programs. We assure you that we have implemented all guidelines recommended by the CDC to ensure the health, safety, and protection of both our staff and our patients. That we have implemented telehealth solutions and other technology when appropriate, and that we are still engaging family members in their loved one’s treatment as much, if not more so, than we did before, using the latest in technology platforms and solutions. Addiction doesn’t stop, so neither can we and neither can our dedicated staff.
Now is the time to seek help for addiction. Now is the time to find recovery and a life worth living that you ultimately deserve. Now is the time to find light in the darkness. We may be in the grips of a global health pandemic due to the coronavirus, but we also know that the addiction epidemic rages on, and that those in the throws of addiction are in need of addiction treatment more than ever. So, we plan to be here for you when you need help. What better time than now?
If you or someone you know needs help for addiction or co-occurring disorder issues, please give us a call. Maryland Addiction Recovery Center offers the most comprehensive dual diagnosis addiction treatment in the Mid-Atlantic area. If we aren’t the best fit for you or your loved one, we will take the necessary time to work with you to find a treatment center or provider that better fits your needs. Please give us a call at (410) 773-0500 or email our team at [email protected]. For more information on all of our drug addiction, alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorder services and recovery resources, please visit our web site at www.marylandaddictionrecovery.com.