Explaining this special Directory, Estes said, “Imagine taking the nation’s highly acclaimed mental health and addiction treatment professionals, putting them into one place, and making it easy for those who need help to find and connect with them. That’s what we’re doing.”
The Addictions and Mental Health Professionals Directory offers the only resource of mental health and addiction professionals that is not only for therapists, it offers all the professional modalities and facilities families and individuals may be seeking.
A recent article in the New York Times highlighted many of the increased challenges the United States has faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. Titled ‘Relapsing Left and Right’: Trying to Overcome Addiction in a Pandemic, the article focuses on how substance-abuse centers are shutting and relying on virtual programming, just as more and more people turn to drugs and alcohol.
“Several studies have shown that binge drinking has increased during the pandemic, and a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited a “concerning acceleration” of opioid-related overdoses last year.”
Dr. Estes reflected, “While we’ve seen a rise in substance abuse because of isolation issues, relationship challenges, and financial stress, many treatment centers have closed down or are limiting in-person visits.”
“That’s why we decided to create this valuable index of resources, so people could quickly and easily find certified and quality support,” Estes said. “All within a few clicks.”
The nation’s opioid crisis has not slowed during the pandemic, continuing to increase from the unbelievable 70,000 deaths we saw in 2017. Overdose deaths are now higher than deaths from H.I.V, car crashes, or gun violence at their peaks.
Fox News reported, “For the first time, odds of dying from opioid overdose higher than dying from a car crash.” The story also noted that a new analysis from the National Safety Council says the odds of dying by an accidental opioid overdose have now surpassed the odds of dying in a car accident.
And alcohol contributes to 88,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, more than double the number of people, 42,000, killed by heroin and opioid prescription drug overdose in. Excessive drinking accounted for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults.
Dr. Cali Estes and The Addictions Academy have been offering a wide-ranging assortment of advanced training for several years in an ongoing effort to counteract the growing addiction problem. The Academy has more than 30 faculty teaching over 40 courses in five different languages. Program graduates can be found in 25 countries helping address the addiction problem worldwide.
To learn more about listing your professional services or finding expert mental health and addictions experts, go to https://www.addictionsandmentalhealth.com/.