Addiction recovery centers adapt to COVID-19 pandemic; advocates urge people to seek help
Authored by Ken Redmile
With many people stuck at home, treatment advocates are concerned and hopeful – concerned there could be more overdoses but hopeful people will seek treatment now.
“We have segregated neighborhoods, and all these neighborhoods we’re allowed to have about, you know, 20 people on the floor, and they had their own nursing staff, different meal times,” explained Emily Geyer with Recovery Centers of America.
Recovery Centers of America is also open. Treatment advocates like Michael Bernardo and Geyer are transporting patients all across Pennsylvania to their facility near Philadelphia, which offers medically monitored detox, in patient facilities, outpatient treatment, and more. You can read more about the steps it is taking to protect staff and patients from the spread of COVID-19 below.
“When times are scary, people drink to numb what’s going on or to forget and it’s also scary knowing that people might be isolating at home, people drinking by themselves and you know, they might not be getting checked on,” explained Geyer.
“The opposite of recovery is isolation. Addiction allows us to isolate and if no one’s finding out about it, things can get worse,” explained Bernardo.
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