By now, you are well aware of how the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. While most people recognize the negative effects on the economy and society, we’re now beginning to understand how COVID-19 is also impacting the mental health of millions of people around the world.
Millions of people worldwide suffer from mental health issues each year. The United States is one of the most affected areas: 1 in 5 adults will have some sort of mental illness during their lifetime. And that’s not during a crisis like the pandemic!
Since the start of COVID-19, you’ve probably noticed feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. With all the changes to daily routines, you may be feeling isolated, having financial pressure, building unhealthy habits, and more. You’re not alone! There’s been a noticeable increase in cases of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse since the start of the pandemic, especially within the United States.
Your mental state takes into account your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. All these affect how you make decisions, handle stress and obstacles, and relate to other people.
Many variables can impact your mental health. For example, stressful life circumstances can trigger emotions related to fear, anger, and sadness. At times, it can feel incredibly challenging to cope with these emotions.
When a person has a mental illness, they have a condition that is defined as one that affects their mood, thinking, and behavior. Common mental disorders include:
Only a qualified professional can diagnose you with a mental illness. If you feel like your mental state is affected by depression, anxiety, or something else, reach out to your primary care doctor or a mental health professional for support.
Although the terms mental health and mental illness are often used interchangeably, they are not the same. It is important to understand that a person diagnosed with mental illness can still experience periods of joy, happiness, and stabilization. Subsequently, a person can have poor mental health even if they don’t have a mental illness.
The coronavirus pandemic is causing many people to feel out-of-control and anxious. Many people are struggling with one or more of the following:
For people with pre-existing mental illnesses, COVID-19 may be exacerbating some of their symptoms.
If you’re struggling, it’s important to seek help. You don’t need to have a diagnosable condition to take care of your mental health. Focus on self-care practices, like:
Additionally, many therapists and psychiatrists are offering telehealth appointments. Talking with a professional can help you process difficult emotions and learn new techniques for managing stress and uncertainty.
When it comes to seeking treatment for substance abuse, most people are aware of potential challenges: Will insurance cover it? Will their boss let them take time off work? But a pandemic isn’t likely to be one of the challenges you considered as you thought about treatment! And it could make a few things more difficult, like:
At Footprints to Recovery, we know this is an unprecedented time, and we have options for receiving quality care while keeping you and your loved ones safe. In addition to treating addiction, we’re also here for you if you’re struggling with a co-occurring disorder, like depression or anxiety.
Above all, we prioritize the safety of our current staff and patients. We are closely following all guidelines set by the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
As part of our policy, we are asking that any visitor with flu-like, fever, or cold symptoms please stay home. We will also be reporting any known COVID-19 cases to the local health department to ensure the safety of our staff and patients.
While our patients can still have visitors, we are limiting access for emergency purposes only. This rule is intended to reduce contact with too many people.
All Footprints to Recovery locations have telehealth capabilities. Although telehealth is different from traditional face-to-face services, you will still receive support, monitoring, and guidance for your recovery. Regardless of where you live, you will be able to access the treatment you need.
Our virtual treatment services include:
We provide all patients with the opportunity to remain connected with their ongoing treatment.
We have an active alumni community that’s used to regularly getting together in person for fun activities. While we can’t do that right now, our alumni aren’t left out! We’re offering weekly virtual meetings for alumni and their families every Thursday at 9 PM EST.
Our patients have access to numerous support groups for ongoing treatment, accountability, and support:
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), your health insurance may cover some or all treatment costs.
At Footprints to Recovery, we work with many major insurance companies. We also provide a variety of other payment options to help people afford the treatment that they need. Our admissions team will help you understand and verify your insurance plan and its benefits.
This too shall pass. With resources and help, you can get through the difficult time we’re in. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Footprints to Recovery for compassionate, comprehensive addiction treatment. If you or a loved one is suffering from mental illness and/or addiction issues, you are not alone! Help is available and accessible during COVID-19. Contact us today.