The Global Rehab Crisis
COVID-19’s pandemic has completely turned our lives upside down, causing unprecedented changes in people’s emotional behaviours. Lockdown and stay-at-home restrictions that were supposed to keep people safe and avoid further spreading of the virus has not worked and further lockdowns are imminent! Alcohol and drug consumption continue to increase globally causing extensive addiction and mental health concerns and an increasing amount of people with a dual diagnosis.
How the Coronavirus Pandemic Impacted Addiction?
Drug abuse and mental health disorders have been a large-scale issue for people around the world, and COVID-19 only amplified the severity of this massive problem. Stress, uncertainty, and heightened anxiety were causes for people to start abusing substances, prescription medication and alcohol, which often had profound consequences.
Almost everything, including addiction recovery centres, have been closed and ceased working since the worldwide lockdown came into effect. However, limited access to social drinking and new obstacles in getting drugs due to pandemic have not put an end to increased substance abuse.
These challenges may have even enhanced the desperation of an addict to the point that led to the worsening of the individual’s physical and mental health. Stress, loneliness, and isolation have been the primary factors that have contributed to some of the mental problems that are frequently related to drug dependency.
COVID-19 has created many obstacles for recovery clinics and treatment centres, leading to a decrease in access to care for individuals dealing with the issue of drug misuse. Although care providers have done their best to respond to the constant unpredictability of the pandemic with some of them offering online counselling, this has not been adequate enough to accommodate all those in need of professional help.
Illegal Rehabs – What are the Threats?
In response to the crisis of addiction, the number of unregistered rehab clinics and recovery facilities providing cheap and unprofessional care for dual diagnosis has risen. These facilities frequently take advantage of desperate families that are searching for a cheap, fast solution and in most cases are not asking enough questions about a recovery centre that often lacks the care and attention required for effective client care.
These centres are often inefficient and have a financial motive as their primary purpose. Rather than trained psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers, they employ the staff with little to no experience who do not know how to take care of patients and assist in their recovery. Some centres actually use ‘clients’ as staff members offering accommodation and food in return for ‘counselling’ clients! Talk about the blind leading the blind!
Choosing an inappropriate treatment centre can lead to further trauma for the client leaving them disillusioned, hurt, angry and hopeless. Some illegal facilities have been reported for cases of sexual abuse, torture, beatings and even locked up in small confined spaces! Poorly staffed rehabs with little or no insight into effective counselling models and psychiatric disorders have been responsible for client deaths over the years. Untrained staff have also been known to relapse, attempt suicide and abuse vulnerable clients.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Rehab Facility
Both substance abuse and mental disorders are profound health conditions that if not treated can lead to severe consequences. Ensuring access to professional health care institutions and qualified specialists is essential to effectively assist those desperately in need of professional interventions. When looking for the best addiction and mental health treatment centre, always make sure that as you speak with a provider you ask about:
- Accreditation and registration
- Clinical staff experience and qualifications
- Multidisciplinary treatment team protocols
- Rehab programme length
- Modalities used to assist clients
- Specialised programs
- Post-treatment recovery support
- Medical policies and procedures
Due to the complexity of a dual diagnosis, many individuals dealing with this problem need ongoing support from clinicians who know how to apply suitable methods that can help in the process of recovery.
Residential care where patients remain at the rehab centre during treatment is typically more intensive as participants undergo frequent counselling and regular instruction about addictions and mental health problems. They can also engage in support groups with people who learn how to live without abusing mood-altering substances.
Although having a mental problem along with suffering from drug use can initially seem difficult to resolve, many people with a dual diagnosis can improve their whole lifestyle. Finding a suitable rehab facility like Twin Rivers Rehab that can effectively help with all conditions at the same time is necessary for a successful and productive recovery.
Addiction and mental issues are serious problems that will require a lot of time and patient commitment to see the desired results. If you or someone you know is dealing with alcohol or any mental health problem, get in touch with Twin Rivers Rehab to learn more about how rehab works and how to get started with treatment.
David is the Clinical and Development Director of Twin Rivers Rehab in South Africa and a UK Accredited Addictions Therapist with the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals UK. Articles/Blogs are written with the assistance of researchers and other specialists in the field of addiction and the recovery process