Let\u2019s face it, 2020 has not been a banner year for a lot of people. It\u2019s fair to say it\u2019s been uncommonly rough for so many, especially those with mental health and addiction issues. Many people have felt disconnected and isolated at this time and it has made a huge impact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that as of late June 2020, 40% of adults in the U.S. have struggled with their mental health or substance use.\u00a0 An increase in anxiety or depression can lead people down a path to find relief from what they are feeling. Sometimes that path leads to unhealthy coping mechanisms like substance use. With that in mind, it\u2019s relevant to note that the number of overdoses in the U.S. has spiked since last year. The Washington Post reports that \u201cFor every 10 suspected overdoses that were reported to the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) in May 2019, 14 overdoses were reported in May 2020.\u201d\u00a0 Alcohol use has also increased since last year. In a report from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network, national alcohol sales rose 51% in March 2020, and shortly after, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that alcohol use during the pandemic has the potential to worsen health concerns and intensify risk-taking behaviors.\u00a0 Now is the right time to enter an inpatient treatment program if you\u2019ve been thinking about it. With increased rates of overdoses and alcohol abuse, getting help now is more important than ever. In truth, now has always been the right time despite any possible anxieties about COVID-19.\u00a0 We don\u2019t have any concrete answers as to when COVID-19 will no longer be a concern, so waiting to get help isn\u2019t a reasonable option. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) did a study on waiting times as a barrier to treatment. The study noted that whether it affects mental health or physical health, waiting can often be detrimental to the person dealing with substance use. As one study subject remarked, \u201cYou know a lot can happen in a week.\u201d Understandably, anyone might be nervous to enter an inpatient treatment center while a pandemic is occurring all over the world. However, rest assured that most facilities have safeguards to ensure that staff, clients, and clients\u2019 families are safe throughout the entire treatment process. At The Right Step DFW, every precaution has been taken to comply with up-to-date CDC guidelines so you can feel secure in your treatment. This year has been a challenge for many, and perhaps it has been extra challenging for you if you\u2019ve been struggling with substance use. It doesn\u2019t have to keep going in that direction, though. It\u2019s always a good time to turn your life around.\u00a0 While this year hasn\u2019t gone the way many people have wanted, but that doesn\u2019t mean it will end the way it started. There\u2019s always hope for the future. The Right Step DFW can help you get on the path to recovery right now. Let us help you find the best treatment options. Call us today at (844)768-1161.