Accessing Addiction Treatment during the COVID-19 Pandemic
It’s getting harder and harder for people to get addiction treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic even in the face of increasing need for help. Overdoses are rising dramatically as states slash treatment budgets; ideology and politicization are inhibiting national consensus regarding a way forward for treatment and prevention of the virus; and continued uncertainty is forcing the general and behavioral healthcare space to fundamentally change the way it administers care and interacts with patients.
As the treatment landscape struggles to find its footing and more and more people continue to suffer from strained mental health, they are facing significantly heightened vulnerability to addiction and a corresponding decline in ways to treat it. It’s important to realize, however, that there are still resources available to help you or your loved one get the help you need for alcohol or drug issues. You don’t have to worry about risking infection because you need addiction treatment.
Questions to Ask When Seeking Addiction Treatment during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The first thing you’ll want to know is whether or not the facility you’re considering is adhering to established CDC and state safety guidelines. Other helpful questions to ask include:
- Are they offering telehealth services for counseling and medical appointments?
- Are they appropriately reducing the number of clients per group session?
- What are they doing to prevent and control infection?
- What’s the protocol if someone tests positive for the virus?
- What is their screening process for incoming clients?
As a general rule of living and maneuvering within the pandemic, it’s best to wear face masks while in public, and even in private while in close proximity to others, and to maintain social distancing whenever possible. These basic steps have been shown to lower transmission rate and keep you and the people around you safe.
The Hot Spots: Getting Help for Addiction in Florida and Texas
It’s no secret that Florida and Texas have been prime areas for the COVID resurgence, and many residents are facing renewed fears of getting help in these and other heavily infected states. As a healthcare provider committed to providing safe, effective addiction treatment in Texas and Florida, Recovery Unplugged has taken the most stringent precautions and infection-control protocols as we continue to strike a balance between effective care and maximum safety for our clients and staff. You don’t have to make the choice between two public health crises. Let Recovery Unplugged help you get safe and effective help for addiction even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re here to help you.