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Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, health care specialists have stressed how COVID-19 could take a toll on the healthcare system. While many have predicted and speculated on how severe the effects would be, no one could prepare to undergo a complete transformation in how medicine and treatment could reach patients on a mass scale. The pandemic has created many challenges in all facets of human life, but perhaps it has hit those suffering from addiction and mental disorders the hardest. However, facing these challenges will likely bring about lasting and effective ways to receive treatment. 

Shut Down

Many people worried that treatment centers were going to shut down at the onset of the pandemic. However, telehealth and telemedicine services are now in place to prevent such lapses in care from happening. While the government has not responded in the most beneficial way by providing additional funding for mental health and addiction care, True Recovery has remained proactive in keeping care available and relevant to those in need. Treatment has not been shut down, but transformed, and understanding how to utilize these benefits will make for an easier transition amid this new normal. 

Transition

There has been a great effort to transition from in-person interactions, doctor visits, therapy sessions, and group meetings, to online and telephone services. Telehealth has been an option in treatment for a while, but it has recently become a primary source for receiving treatment during the pandemic. While there is no substitute for the benefits offered through in-person meetings, many people have adopted telehealth services into their treatment. Not only do telehealth services offer a community setting, but they also provide ease of use because you are doing it from the comfort and safety of your own home. 

Community 

It is the community aspect of virtual meetings that has helped make telehealth a success for those in treatment and recovery. Many people are finding that these phone or online support groups offer as much meaningful interaction and bonding as in-person meetings. The benefits of using telehealth are that it offers more options and diversity online. Meeting with a group of people who have diverse backgrounds broadens the range of experiences and knowledge shared. The potential for breakthrough could be far more significant in this setting. When using such services, the conversations can carry on long after a meeting. You do not need to worry if a coffee shop is open after a meeting or how you might get home if you talk late into the night. Treatment centers like True Recovery encourage you to try telehealth services because not only do they offer quality treatment and 24/7 care, but they are a safe alternative for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

Remove Substances 

Since the onset of the pandemic, not only has there been a rise in alcohol sales, but use of other addictive substances is as rampant as ever. The temptation to pursue these avenues poses a real threat to those in recovery, those already suffering from addiction, and those with budding addictions. However, you do not need to succumb to such temptations. Instead, you can use this time as an opportunity to overcome them. 

Since you are home often, it might be a good idea to seek out all the possible threats in your home, like expired medications, including prescription and non-prescription drugs. This will help you avoid any temptation to self-medicate. You will also want to look at times when you might feel tempted to bring in substances. Create a schedule designed to carry you through the day, including work, hobbies, online socializing, exercise, meal times, and self-care such as mindfulness, meditation, and writing. Having a solid plan to combat spells of boredom can go a long way in distracting you from harmful thoughts and substances. Since there remains uncertainty about when a post-pandemic world will arrive, it’s a good idea to take these extra measures to protect yourself from harm and prevent relapse. 

The Future

This pandemic has presented many challenges extending beyond treatment and medicine. It has shaped our time, exposing the many flaws not only in health care but also in the character and morals of our country. It has forced us to respond through adaptation and innovation, exposing outdated practices in medicine and further revealing how unprepared everyone was for such a large-scale health crisis. The traditional model of healthcare has been shattered. 

However, because healthcare has transformed, our morals have come under question, and the effort moving forward should be to rehabilitate the entire system collectively. To rewire it in ways that transition to more modern approaches, like the benefits of telehealth and telemedicine services, and with greater attention to recognizing and treating mental health and addiction disorders. Collectively, you can help raise a voice during this time of transformation and evolution that finally confronts the years of stigmatization, and lack of funding for research in medicine and treatment for mental health and addiction. A post-pandemic world could be an opportunity usher in change and greater equality.

 

COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic are changing the world, but we can use this as an opportunity to make positive changes in the world. It takes the understanding and motivation of a community to seek change. The efforts will not be easy, but your motivation and voice along with others will help build that foundation. Seeking help with us at True Recovery will further establish your stance because you will be choosing to get treatment from one of the most resilient treatment centers. Here at True Recovery, we have been fighting against outdated practices in mental health treatment and addiction recovery to bring about equality and alternative treatment since 2014. We believe that everybody should be heard and everybody should be treated with the focus and care that they need and deserve. With 24/7 availability, it is always the right time to call True Recovery. Call (866) 399-6528 today to learn more about True Recovery and our services.