Staying Sober During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Authored by Ken Redmile
Local healthcare networks are quickly addressing a technology gap in all mental health services, which have long depended on in-person sessions. Telephone appointments are available and video sessions are in the works. First, healthcare providers must comply with HIPAA laws and guidelines issued by states, health insurance companies and other governing bodies. “But if you are in crisis, do not hesitate to reach out for help,” Caputo says. “We’ll get you the care that you need.”
In-patient drug and alcohol treatment centers remain open while adhering to CDC guidelines. At Caron Treatment Centers and Recovery Centers of America nationwide, group sessions have been restricted to 10 people and family visitations have been suspended, as have deliveries of personal items. Staff and patients are heavily monitored for symptoms, and new patients must undergo extensive screening before being admitted.
There is a silver lining to being in rehab during this pandemic, though. “We are a sub-acute hospital setting with full medical facilities and we are a self-contained facility,” says Luke English, clinical director of RCA in Devon. RCA’s gym remains open, and art and music therapy, Reiki and other services are continuing.
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