A common question we’re hearing right now is whether or not it’s safe to seek addiction treatment during the coronavirus pandemic. The short answer is, yes. Most rehab facilities are still open because they offer essential healthcare services. They are also taking extra precautions to ensure their staff, clients, and families remain healthy, such as by limiting visitors, scheduling extra cleanings, and practicing social distancing.
As a matter of fact, now has never been a better time for treatment. You may be out of school or work and able to commit to a treatment program. Or, there may be another adult in the home who can hold down the fort while you get help. An outpatient drug rehab allows you to surround yourself with a safe, supportive community while getting sober.
Social Distancing Raises the Risk for Relapse
This is an unusual time for all of us. All over the country - and the world - schools are shut down, businesses are closed and people are being asked to stay home unless they need to go out for essentials. While this “new normal” presents challenges for everyone, it’s especially difficult for people who struggle with substance abuse or mental illness.
We already know that addiction is a disease of isolation. This is why 12-step groups are so important in recovery. They help people be social and feel connected to others, something that they have been missing for a long time. However, now we are living in a world where people are being told to stay home and physically distance themselves from others.
Loneliness is a relapse trigger. It can lead to depression, suicidal thoughts, and worsening drug cravings. People who don’t know where to turn may find a false sense of comfort in drugs and alcohol. This is why treatment services remain vital during the pandemic.
Is Drug Rehab Right for Me?
How do you know if you could benefit from addiction treatment during social isolation? Here are some things to think about.
Substance abuse raises the risk of contracting COVID-19.
As we learn more about the novel coronavirus, it’s clear that this disease does not discriminate and will take the lives of healthy people. That said, it tends to cause the most complications for people with underlying health problems, substance abuse included. Using drugs and alcohol weakens the body and immune system, putting you at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19 and experiencing complications.
Detoxing at home is dangerous.
If you want to quit using drugs and alcohol, you should always do so in a medically supervised environment. We do not recommend detoxing at home, as this can be extremely dangerous. In fact, detoxing from certain types of drugs and alcohol can be fatal.
Plus, obtaining medical care for withdrawal symptoms or complications will likely be more challenging right now. The hospitals are overburdened with patients who have coronavirus. Ideally, you want to stay out of the hospital and treat yourself with the proper care, which in this case, a licensed and qualified treatment center can provide.
Addiction feeds off isolation.
Addiction is a sneaky disease that thrives when people are lonely. But, you don’t need to fall into this trap. There are plenty of people who care about you and want the best for you - drugs and alcohol are not the only constants in your life. By seeking treatment in a safe, supportive environment, you can get the help you need for your addiction and any underlying anxiety related to the pandemic.
Awakenings Treatment Center is taking the proper precautions to keep our staff and clients safe. We remain open during this time to provide essential addiction treatment services to those in need. If you would like to learn more about starting an intensive outpatient treatment program, contact us today. A pandemic is not the time to put your recovery on hold.