If you feel like God is far away,

ask yourself “who moved?”

Get Admitted

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

As Overdoses Spike, States Slash Addiction Treatment Funding



During the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals and organizations are struggling financially. The economic challenges of the coronavirus outbreak have reached virtually everyone in the US. For people fighting addiction and seeking treatment, the financial challenges are even more devastating. Unfortunately, as overdoses spike, states slash addiction treatment funding as they also are experiencing significantly reduced budgets.

Worsening Crisis


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people across the country, as does the opioid epidemic. There have been an increasing number of reports from national, state and local media suggesting increases in opioid-related mortality—particularly from illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. More than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder.

Barbara Andraka-Christou, an assistant professor of health management and informatics at the University of Central Florida, says “"The coronavirus pandemic is, unfortunately, expected to worsen the opioid overdose crisis. Many individuals are experiencing triggers, such as family- or job-related stress, that may lead them to relapse." She added, "Many people are losing their jobs and the funds necessary to pay for lifesaving health care. Those of us working in public health research are very worried."

Early research shows that accessing addiction treatment is becoming more difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. A third of Americans have noted disruptions in care. Approximately 14% say they’re unable to access treatment at all.

Disruption in Service


The Addiction Policy Forum conducted an anonymous survey between April 27 and May 8, 2020, and found that:

  • More than one in three (34%) of the 1,079 respondents reported changes or disruptions in accessing treatment or recovery support services.
  • Fourteen percent say they were unable to receive their needed services and 2% say they were unable to access naloxone services.
  • Nationwide, 4% of respondents report an overdose has occurred since the pandemic began. The South Atlantic region reported the greatest number and percent of overdoses. The region includes Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and the District of Columbia.
  • Twenty-four percent of respondents indicate that their/their family member’s substance use has changed because of COVID-19, with 20% reporting increased substance use.

State Cuts


During COVID-19, as these overdoses spike, states slash addiction treatment funding often because they are cash-strapped themselves. Oregon is slashing $69 million from the state’s 2021 budget for behavioral health services, including a $2 million reduction for outpatient programs in particular. Colorado has cut $26 million from its treatment funding. In addition, the state’s plan to invest in training for medical professionals to identify individuals at risk of substance use disorder will take a $1 million cut. Minnesota will also see service reductions because of shortfalls in fees collected from pharmaceutical companies.

Georgia has cut $5.7 million from its substance use disorder programs, including residential treatment facility expansions. New Jersey and Utah have also slashed millions from the budget for future substance use disorder programs. In Florida, the governor vetoed over $12 million in behavioral health funds meant to go toward initiatives such as substance abuse prevention programs, crisis intervention programs, and a long-acting injectable buprenorphine pilot program.

Medicaid funding, which supports about 21% of the country’s substance use disorder program spending, is being cut back significantly in many states across the country. The federal government earmarked $425 million for behavioral health in its emergency relief package, but the experts say that won’t come close to filling the gap left by the state slashes.

COVID Challenges


Given orders to stay home and maintain social distances, many treatment programs are challenged with providing addiction treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth has become more acceptable and more common. However, many treatment facilities are having to cut back on their capacity, which has the circular effect on their budgets as well.

The National Council for Behavioral Health surveyed its 3400 members in April 2020. It found that 92.6% of both residential and outpatient centers — had cut back their programs, forcing many to furlough employees or lay them off. A month into the pandemic, two-thirds of those centers said they had enough cash to last three months or less.

Addiction Treatment During a Pandemic


At Celebrate Hope, we recognize that these are challenging times. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to get help with your addiction. We are following all CDC COVID-19 guidelines for your health and safety. A Christian treatment center, we are located in the heart of San Juan Capistrano, in Southern California. We provide faith-based, compassionate addiction programs for you when you are battling a substance use disorder. Start celebrating hope today! Please contact us to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program and how we ensure that our clients are safe.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

What Families Need to Know About Addiction

what families need to know about addiction

When your loved one is showing signs of being addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can affect your entire family. You are undoubtedly worried about your loved one’s health and well-being. Their addiction may strain your relationship. You may even feel helpless as you watch them continue their addictive ways. What families need to know about addiction is what is behind it, how it works in your loved one’s mind and body, and how you can help them.

A Complex Disease


People don’t choose addiction. It is a complex condition, a brain disease manifested by compulsive substance use despite the harmful consequences it can cause. Addiction takes over your loved one’s life. They will keep using drugs or alcohol, and doing whatever it takes to get them, even when they know it will cause problems for them and their families.

When your loved one is addicted, they have distorted thinking, behavior, and body functions. They experience changes in the wiring of their brains, resulting in intense cravings that make it very hard to stop using. Brain imaging studies have shown physical changes in an addict’s brain that relate to judgment, decision making, learning, memory, and behavior control.

How It Starts


The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that people have a variety of reasons for taking drugs or drinking alcohol. They may do it:
  • To feel good — feeling of pleasure, “high”
  • To feel better — e.g., relieve stress
  • To do better — improve performance
  • Because of curiosity and peer pressure

The Need for More


Regardless of why they started taking drugs or drinking alcohol, they will build up a tolerance over time. Your loved one will then need to consume larger amounts to feel the same effects. Even if they are aware of emerging health problems, as well as problems at work or with family and friends, they could simply be unable to stop on their own.

The Addiction Experience


A research study published by NCBI attempted to learn more about addiction, from the perspective of those individuals who were addicted. Their stories are unique and insightful as to why they began using drugs or alcohol and what their experience was as an addict. These stories add to what families need to know about addiction, to understand what their loved one is experiencing.

A mother, Latoya, who was in treatment for heroin and nicotine addiction, believed that addiction was a part of human nature. She said, “I feel like everybody got addiction, you know what I mean, ‘cause they have addiction to smoking, addiction to going to work, you know, so somebody has an addiction somewhere in them.” Connecting her experience to a trend she perceived in others, Latoya had developed a sense that her addiction, though problematic and disabling, was not unique to her, but in fact, a common experience along the spectrum of “normal” human behavior.

Joe, who was a self-described blue-collar worker in his late forties, shared what he believed to be a strong connection among his mental health, employment, and alcoholism cycles. He said, “It is anxiety and stress that I was dealing with. [Alcohol] just calmed me down so that I used it as a tool, like a self-medication for me...I have depression and anxiety and overwhelming problems with employment, it was very stressful...but it has nothing to do with family or anything...I would quit for a month here and there; I have quit for a couple of weeks here and there. But I always went back when the anxiety and depression set in when I'm dealing with work.”

Paige, a housewife in her fifties, spoke about her pattern of abuse and the bargaining process. She said, “I had a blackout, don't remember, ended up in the hospital...then I got out of the hospital after three days and swore I would never drink again. And within two weeks I was having wine again. I told myself it was just wine, it couldn't do any damage. So, yeah. And it just spiraled down and I was very, very depressed and constantly hopeless... I have emotional triggers that are problematic.”

The Impact on the Family


What families need to know about addiction is that they are not necessarily overreacting when they notice problems in their loved one’s work, health, finances, relationships, social functioning, legal issues, self-esteem, or self-respect. Their substance use has become more important than the problems it causes. When your loved one continues to use drugs or alcohol in spite of the fact that their behavior is causing these problems, that is a problem in itself – for them and for you.

As untreated problems continue, family members develop their own issues. Partners of people who have substance use problems can suffer greatly. Common symptoms include headaches, backaches, digestive problems, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. Children of parents with substance use disorders can experience school behavior problems, poor academic performance, and are more likely to struggle with addiction themselves.

Help for Your Loved One and Your Family


Taking those first steps to help your loved one begin treatment can be a painful process. Celebrate Hope can guide you through the challenges of helping your loved one realize their brokenness and getting treatment at a reputable Christian addiction treatment facility. We are a faith-based addiction program firmly rooted in the 12 Steps and in the teachings of Christ and we are here to help you and your loved one. For more information about our evidence-based addiction treatment, contact us today.
CignaAetnaBlueCross BlueShieldUnited HealthcareMore Options/Verify Benefits

Contact Celebrate Hope

Our Christian counselors walk with clients in their journey of recovery and reconnection to God.


Request a Call From Us