There is a lot of new hope right now that we can go back to living a normal life again.
However, mental health experts say we have a real addiction crisis as a result of the pandemic.
Nearly every state is reporting an outbreak or increase in drug overdoses according to the American Medical Association.
Virginia's numbers show you exactly why drug addiction experts are very worried right now.
The pink line represents fatal drug overdoses between 2007 and 2020.
You can see it climb over the years and then spike between 2019 and 2020.
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The Virginia Department of Health reports 2,297 fatal drug overdoses in 2020. That's more than all of the gun and car crash-related deaths reported that year.
Bill Loope with Acadia Healthcare helps place people who need in-patient treatment.
"It's truly a crisis right now," Loope said.
Loope said Virginia recently received $1.5 billion to help people with substance abuse disorders. However, he says if you're on Medicare or Medicaid there aren't enough in-patient beds for treatment right now.
"In the state of Virginia most Medicare providers for inpatient have waiting lists," Loope said. "Some of them are more than three weeks."
That wait time, for someone who is ready to accept help, can be extremely detrimental.
"They are at risk," Loope said. "They are truly at risk."
At risk of overdosing while patients wait for a bed, or deciding not to get treatment once there is an opening.
Pyramid Healthcare is opening a treatment center in Newport News on July 5 that addiction experts believe can help.
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Pyramid Healthcare said they will have 92 inpatient beds for substance abuse and chemical dependency treatment. There will also be 20 detox beds.
This facility will also accept undeserved Medicaid and Medicare patients.
"But it won't be long before they have a waiting list as well," Loope said.
Once you are ready to get help, there are a lot of people in our community who will fight to get you what you need.
Roads to Recovery's Chief Administrative Officer Mark Bogia laid out this step by step plan:
It really takes these 3 things to recover:
"Recovery is possible. 25 million people are in active addiction in this country," Bogia said. "The same number of people (approximately) are LIVING in sustained recovery. Let's start focusing on hope and the possibilities recovery brings. Building a life worth being sober for."