As we quickly approach the end of 2020, many people are starting to think about resolutions for the new year. For people with substance abuse issues, these resolutions often include entering drug and alcohol treatment programs. But if you are or know somebody who needs mental health, drug, or alcohol treatment, why wait until next year to find help?
There are countless benefits to receiving mental health and addiction treatment sooner rather than later. This article dives into six of the most important advantages of finding recovery before the end of 2020 and the different treatment options that you could receive at The Woods at Parkside.
1. Keep Yourself Safe
The truth of the matter is that there will never be the “perfect” time to find drug and alcohol treatment. Life’s responsibilities will always be there, whether you go to rehab now or a year from now. However, the opportunity to receive treatment may not always be there.
Did you know that mental health and substance use disorders can be incredibly dangerous—even deadly? Drug and alcohol addiction can lead to significant health problems both physically and emotionally. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that there is a direct connection between having mental health conditions alongside substance use disorder.
In Ohio, thousands of people die from a drug overdoses each year. This includes opioids, prescription drugs, and more. When combined with mental health conditions, the risk of death from addiction and mental health symptoms increases. This is why it is important to seek treatment before it is too late. Keep yourself safe by finding treatment immediately—your journey toward recovery could start as early as today.
2. Avoid Holiday Triggers
One of the biggest benefits to having mental health, drug, and alcohol treatment before the end of 2020 is that you can avoid holiday triggers. Holidays mean socializing, parties, and gift-giving. But in all of these situations, you run into the risk of drug and alcohol triggers.
It is much harder to focus on your recovery goals with the temptation of drinking or using. And the holidays can be incredibly stressful. As we noted above, strain on your mental health only leads to worsening symptoms and a stronger urge to turn to drugs or alcohol.
In residential treatment programs, you can avoid all of these triggers and more. These programs allow you to stay in a safe, supportive, and sober environment. While in treatment, you will learn important skills that you’ll be able to use for future, sober holiday gatherings so that the drug and alcohol temptations don’t overwhelm you.
3. Take Advantage of Insurance Deductible Rollovers
Depending on your insurance plan, you might be able to take advantage of deductible rollovers as you enter treatment. Your deductible will be a set amount that you must pay out of pocket before your insurance will cover the rest of the cost. This means that if you’ve already hit your deductible for 2020, you could end up paying much less for drug and alcohol treatment if you go before 2021.
At The Woods at Parkside, we work with most insurances, and we always help our patients understand the payment process to make sure that you can focus on your recovery rather than what’s coming out of your wallets.
4. Feel Better Faster
Perhaps this advantage of getting 2020 drug and alcohol treatment seems obvious. That being said, the faster you begin treatment, the sooner you will be able to recover. Besides, the timeline for recovery is not always predictable.
When you are looking into treatment options, a mental health professional will document your current symptoms as well as your family history to assess which type of treatment you will need. Typically, you will work within one or more of these treatment programs:
- Drug and alcohol detox
- Residential or inpatient treatment
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Partial hospitalization (both on- and off-site)
- Intensive outpatient treatment
The time commitment you must give to each of these programs differs. Most importantly, everyone’s treatment looks different. This is why you should seek treatment as soon as possible. After all, recovery takes time.
5. Mental Health and the Pandemic in 2020
Another reason why getting substance abuse and mental health treatment before the end of 2020 is so important is because this year has presented unusual challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it much harder for people who have substance use disorders and mental health conditions. The CDC has reported two concerning facts:
- First, there have been higher rates of depression, substance use, suicide, and other mental health disorders since the start of the pandemic.
- Secondly, people who struggle with alcohol and drug abuse are at an increased risk of suffering from COVID-19 complications.
Not only can alcohol and drug addiction rehab help to improve your emotional health, but it can also greatly reduce your chances of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 and other concerns.
6. Personalized Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Alcohol and drug rehab facilities are prepared to offer you personalized treatment in 2020. These treatment options include:
- Safe alcohol and drug detox
- Individualized counseling
- Medication management
- Recreational therapy
- Music therapy
- Life skills groups
Perhaps the biggest advantage to getting treatment now is that you will then have the skills you need to maintain your recovery through the holidays, the New Year, and from here on out.
Give Yourself The Gift of Drug and Alcohol Treatment This Year
The Woods at Parkside is an alcohol and drug rehab facility that is specially made to help you with your addiction and mental health recovery. You will have access to top-of-the-line care, including all of the services listed above and more.
If you have any hesitations, doubts, or questions about receiving substance abuse and mental health treatment, please give our admissions specialists a call at 614-471-2552. Not ready to talk just yet? Feel free to fill out our confidential form today. We are ready to meet you at whatever stage you are in now and help you reach all of your future resolutions.