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As the pandemic drags on, it’s still safe to seek mental health treatment

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AGOURA HILLS, California – The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of millions of people around the world and lead to a surge in mental health and addiction problems. Sadly, concerns about virus spread are deterring people from seeking help at a time when they need it most.
Dr. Shari Corbitt, founder of Awakenings Treatment Center, a state-of-the-art facility for mental health and addiction challenges in Agoura Hills, says it’s more important than ever for people experiencing these issues to find caring and professional support. Social distancing measures have isolated many people from their usual networks of family and friends, potentially exacerbating mental health conditions.
For this reason, Awakenings Treatment Center is making a determined effort to reach out to clients that may be experiencing distress as the pandemic continues and informing the general public that the facility remains open and available to help those in need. To allay safety concerns, the center has implemented rigorous infection prevention protocols to protect clients and staff from COVID-19 transmission.
“We are doing everything we can to keep our clients safe and to reassure them that it is OK to seek treatment during the pandemic,” said Corbitt. “Our hearts break for those who are hurting during this extremely challenging time, and we want to make sure people do not delay getting treatment or suffer in silence. We are here to help.”
As part of its safety protocols, Awakenings Treatment Center tests all staff and clients weekly for COVID-19, allowing for rapid containment should an infection arise. To date, there have been no cases reported at the facility. The building’s surfaces are constantly being disinfected, the staff wears both masks and face shields and everyone also receives infection prevention training. Clients are supplied with masks and hand sanitizer upon arrival, and (non-client) visitors are prohibited from entering the facility.
According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, more than half of adults in the United States report their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. Many adults reported problems such as difficulty sleeping or eating, worsening chronic conditions, and increases in alcohol and substance use.
Awakenings Treatment Center is a peaceful, 13,000-square-foot facility for people struggling with mental health challenges, chronic pain, eating disorders, and drug and alcohol addiction. Clients receive a range of holistic services tailored to their individual needs, including alternative therapies such as breathwork, meditation, and mindfulness as well as the latest in neurofeedback, Alpha-Stim, and movement therapy.
–Awakenings Treatment Center is located at 28632 Roadside Drive, Suite 210, in Agoura Hills. For information on admissions, call 855-717-3268 or visit