It is well documented that the COVID-19 public health pandemic has created a rising tide of mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that 40% of respondents reported an adverse mental health or behavioral health condition, and 11% of respondents had seriously considered the idea of suicide in the previous month.

With rising stress levels, isolation, lack of social interaction, or being together with family for such extended periods of time, there is little doubt that Americans are facing an increased mental health crisis due to the coronavirus. Something else that is also well-known is the close relationship between mental health conditions and stress and high rates of addiction and substance use disorder. One clear correlation is the relationship between COVID-19 and fatal overdoses, as the overdose rates during COVID-19 are rising throughout the country.

As mental health conditions, addiction issues, and overdose rates continue to rise, so does the need for addiction treatment services. COVID-19 has created for many an ongoing crisis situation, living in constant stress, fear and uncertainty. Typically, before COVID-19, crisis situations were just how those suffering from addiction or their loved ones would recognize there was a drug or alcohol issue and begin seeking help.

Finding Addiction Treatment During The Pandemic

Most people go to detox or seek treatment in a crisis. Whether it is after an overdose, a hospital stay, a medical issue or complication brought on by substance misuse, or being confronted by a spouse, parent, or employer, most people agree to seek help for addiction during or right after a crisis. The first step is making sure that they are safely able to get through any medical issues or withdrawal symptoms that arise from stopping drug and alcohol use.

Here at Innovo Detox, we have taken all necessary steps to ensure that our doors remain open and beds are available during this ongoing crisis. While our facility is taking the necessary health and safety steps to both prevent COVID-19 outbreaks or potentially deal with any that may arise (including implementing all CDC and state recommended guidelines and partnerships with local labs for testing, as well as social distancing or quarantine methods), we have also taken the necessary medical and clinical steps to handle issues that may arise in addiction treatment during the Pandemic. This includes not simply medical care for withdrawal management and medical stabilization to support a comfortable detox process, but also making sure our team is staffed with psychiatrists and licensed mental health professionals that can start the process of clinically working through any anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues a patient may be suffering from, whether before COVID or due to COVID-19.

We do not know how long the ongoing coronavirus public health pandemic will last, but we also know that regardless of the duration of COVID-19, America’s addiction crisis is not slowly down. We also know that Americans are dealing with higher rates of mental health issues now than before COVID-19. We’ve seen rates of alcohol consumption skyrocket, and many people who had never noticed any issues with alcohol now finding concern in their patterns of drinking due to increased mental health issues, stress and worry. As these issues persist, it is imperative that addiction treatment providers like Innovo Detox stay open and accessible for those in need. Because detox is typically the first step, and those suffering from addiction, mental health and co-occurring disorders need quality programs like Innovo Detox to be accessible to help them take that first step, so that they can continue to overcome these issues and find freedom through recovery.

Detox in Pennsylvania

If you or someone you know needs addiction treatment during the Pandemic, please give us a call. Innovo Detox offers the latest in evidence-based medical, psychiatric, and clinical care for those in need of detox and medical stabilization in Pennsylvania and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic area. If we aren’t the best fit for you or a loved one, we will take the necessary time to work with you to find a detox, rehab, treatment center or provider that better fits your needs. Please give us a call at (717) 619-3260 or email our team at [email protected]. For more information on our company or services, please visit our website at www.innovodetox.com.