Opioid Epidemic Showcases The Tie Between Economic Health and Citizen Health
As the Covid crisis curbs, it’s clear that the devastating effects go far beyond those who were hit by the virus itself. The state of the U.S. economy is a prime example. With U.S. unemployment at an all time low before the pandemic (3.5 percent), and reaching an all-time high during it (14.8 percent), the country has made up a lot of ground, but still lags behind pre-pandemic times with an estimated 8 million people–many of them women–missing from the workforce.
Many of these would-be employable citizens may not have contracted the Coronavirus, but they are dealing with other health issues resulting from the pandemic, like anxiety, depression and even substance use disorders (SUDs). According to June data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids were the culprit of about 75 percent of recorded overdoses, with certain regions, like Washington D.C., seeing a 50 percent increase in resulting deaths – signs that an opioid epidemic is coming if it’s not here already.
As the Biden administration works to restore the U.S. economy and drop the unemployment rate, there’s no question we’ll need healthy Americans to get there. A major barrier to achieving that has been access to care and counseling. As we know all too well through our work at Lionrock, isolation is a breeding ground for addiction and relapse; compound that with lost jobs and financial hardship, and it’s a recipe for even greater disaster.
Our priority is to provide quality care that is not only convenient and flexible, but most importantly, accessible. With more than 85 percent of the country able to access the internet, the value of telehealth care for mental health diagnoses and treatment became invaluable during the Covid lockdown–and in our opinion, we believe it’s here to stay as a mainstream modality of care.
Lionrock offers the full spectrum of care for SUDs and other mental health disorders, from its online intensive outpatient program (IOP) to its Finding Balance moderation management program – and once discharged, Lionrock’s online recovery community provides continued support and connection through free recovery meetings that come in a number of themes and formats.
If you’re interested in treatment or counseling and want to speak with someone in more detail, call us at 800-258-6550.