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OVERSHADOWED CRISIS: Opioid epidemic deepens during coronavirus pandemic

“We have such a forced social isolation. People do not have those connections that may have been their healthy strategies for dealing with stress in the past,” said Stephanie Anderson, CEO of Recovery Center of America in Indianapolis. “They may feel more lonely, and that’s really scary.”

Recovery Centers of America, which opened its Indianapolis in-patient recovery center in December, implemented COVID-19 testing when patients are admitted, then weekly and as required throughout their stays. All outpatient services, such as group therapy and education, individual counseling and targeted skill-building, were moved to a telehealth format.

Outside visitation has not been allowed, so officials created a series of webinars for families and a weekly family support group. Family visits and therapy sessions have been held virtually.

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