By: Shannon Persad
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How to Start Recovery from Substance Abuse in the New Year
With 2020 coming to an end, millions of people will be beginning their new year’s resolution. Although most people do not commit to their aspirations and ultimately fall short of their goals.
However, a new year means new beginnings, which means those suffering from substance abuse have a chance to start over.
Beginning your recovery journey is both a mental, physical, and emotional battle, and you do not have to start your path alone.
Read on to find out more about how you can start your recovery journey from substance abuse in Florida. Also, ways to start the new year on the right track.
Mental Health Woes in 2020
This year has been rough if not one of the worst years for mental health due to the coronavirus pandemic, financial stress, and uncertainty of the future. Those with impacted mental health are at high risk for substance abuse, with data suggesting people did turn to drugs during stressful times.
Statistics have also shown people struggled with substance abuse and mental health over the summer as coronavirus cases were doubling.
In August, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 40% of adults struggled with mental health or substance abuse since late June.
Also in the summer, KFF Health Tracking Poll released information saying 53% of adults believe the coronavirus pandemic has impacted their mental health.
New data for the holidays have been released suggesting mental health has gotten worse since April, worsening in March, slowing down in the Fall, and ultimately increasing during the holidays.
Currently, the average for November 25th to December 7th suggests the national estimates of those experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression is 41%.
Florida has had its fair share of mental health woes as well, with a 57% increase in substance abuse over the summer and a 62% increase in overdose deaths compared to last year.
According to the CDC, roughly 39.4% of Floridians are expressing symptoms of anxiety or depression.
How to Begin Recovery in 2021
While there have been rough patches during this year, it does not have to stay that way.
Ways to begin recovery in 2021 include:
- Have a plan: Create a plan to overcome addiction and stick to the commitment of becoming sober.
- Get sober friends: Substance abuse may become exacerbated due to hanging out with the wrong crowd. Surround yourself with sober friends to avoid any mishaps.
- Start a new hobby: One of the most common ways to begin and stay in recovery is getting a hobby to occupy and stimulate the mind to avoid relapses.
Ultimately, joining a rehab is one of the best things an individual can do to begin recovery. Professionals are there to help you, 24/7, to start your recovery journey.
Florida is a great destination to begin recovery, with its weather, beaches, and growing mental health economy.
Get Help for Substance Abuse in South Florida
Have you or a loved one suffered from substance abuse? Victory Recovery Center is willing to work with you to ensure you get the treatment you deserve at your convenience.
Contact Victory Recovery Center, a South Florida drug rehab—available 24 Hours, 7 days a week. Call us NOW 1-(855)-492-1515.