2022: The Year of Resiliency
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By Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC, AADC
2022 has come in with a BANG. Last year there was hope for normalcy and resolution in the New Year but this year has not pretended to be anything that it is not. COVID-19 and all that surrounds it has been a constant in so many aspects of our lives including: employment, education, childcare issues, government mandates, remote school and work, health fears, loss, lack of structure, financial insecurity, fears of the unknown, media and social media oversaturation and more.
While 2020 and 2021 tested the “cracks” and vulnerabilities in people’s lives, 2022 has the potential to demonstrate the rewards of increased resiliency which may have gained traction over the past 2 years. Otherwise, the need to take internal action instead of relying on the outside world to provide healing may now be clear. If there were weaknesses in addictive behaviors, relationships, stress management then the past few years have been the ultimate test. For individuals who relied heavily on social and community support, they may have felt very isolated and disoriented as to how best to manage this new landscape. Social events and the ongoing cracks in the way that communities are connected have become more expected, but still emotionally challenging.
Research indicates that there were 100,000 drug overdoses in 2021, the highest number of drug overdoses in recorded history. Additionally, mental health issues have also become an epidemic. Those who may not have had Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) prior to the pandemic, may have crossed the line from problem usage into dependency. Others may just be drinking or using substances more regularly than they had in the past waiting for the pandemic to end- only to realize that we have just entered another year of unknowns.
Therefore, 2022 can represent the need to be developing resiliency and a promise to get additional support if addiction and mental health issues are not subsiding. The In-Home Addiction Treatment Model (IHAT) Treatment model provides a road map for recovery and can help individuals to achieve and maintain their New Year’s recovery resolutions. It can be easier to stop substance usage, but the key is to learn ways to maintain long-term sobriety. The IHAT Model is a 1-year long treatment program that integrates a comprehensive Care Team into a client’s home environment. This allows for real life challenges to be addressed as well as time and access for the family system dynamics to be addressed. Healthcare has changed dramatically over the past few years, and telemedicine has allowed for greater access and flexibility. This model also allows for remote and in-person care that is tailored to the individual.
Many healthcare professionals may also want to change the way they are delivering services to those with SUDs. The IHAT Institute provides training for healthcare professionals who want to learn about this innovative addiction treatment model. The past several years have proved that the most effective treatments are those that can be flexible and accommodate a changing world.