A Message from our CEO
To Our Community (3/13/20):
Recovery Centers of America always puts the health and safety of patients, families, visitors and staff above all else. We now are fighting addiction and doing our part to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our precautionary measures are aimed at proactively ensuring that all patients, families, visitors and staff are healthy as we join the nationwide effort to contain COVID-19. In some cases, our actions may be inconvenient, but are designed to ensure the health and safety of all who are a part of the RCA community...
Beginning on March 3, 2020, we started screening all prospective patients through our Mission Center and through the Admissions Departments at our various sites in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The measures we have implemented for both our inpatient and outpatient locations.
I wanted to take a moment to share some of the measures we are taking against the COVID-19 pandemic while at the same time emphasize, that we will continue to accept admissions 24 hours a day. As we continue our fight against the addiction epidemic, we are closely following information and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and local public health authorities in order to plan and implement preventative measures against COVID-19.
Some of our activities include:
- We will continue to screen prospective patients and manage them according to current public health recommendations. This extra step in the admissions process is designed to mitigate potential threats.
- We are limiting exposure to potential threats to our patients by limiting certain activities and large-group gatherings at the sites. This is designed to limit possibilities for exposure to the virus.
- In the day-to-day management of our sites, we are limiting outside contractors to two vendors at a given time and requiring they complete the COVID-19 screen and have their temperatures taken prior to circulating in the facility. Any outside contractor who does not meet CDC guidelines will be turned away.
- We have limited entry points to each of our facilities to a single entrance so that all staff on a daily basis will be screened and have their temperatures taken prior to starting their work with patients each day.
- We have determined that all of our cleaning supplies, including those used in our vehicles, are effective against COVID-19, based upon CDC guidelines. In addition, our drivers, our housekeepers and our dining staffs have been trained in precautions.
- Family education and visitations are temporarily suspended in order to reduce the number of visitors at each RCA facility. The facilities will communicate clearly with patients and loved ones, and leverage technology to execute the family interaction that would have otherwise taken place in person. We are exploring multiple easy to install options and will be communicating to you shortly.
- RCA is immediately suspending any drop-offs of personal items to current patients in our facilities. All of our facilities are equipped with laundry facilities as well as ability to provide any toiletry products your loved one may need during their treatment stay. Your loved one will continue to be able to receive mail and packages that should be limited to only essential items such as nicotine products which are not provided by the facility. Any urgent essential items that a patient may request or require must be preapproved by facility personnel.
Management at RCA continues to monitor COVID-19 and direct staff based on what we are learning daily about stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus. For your safety, and the safety of all communities, if you’re feeling sick, stay home and seek medical treatment when needed.
We are optimistic that the measures we have put in place will help ensure the health and safety of our patients, families, visitors and staff. Our prayer is that these measures are temporary as we join the nationwide fight against COVID-19 and reaffirm our fight against the spread of addiction.
Recovery Resources During Coronavirus
Welcome to Recovery Centers of America Coronavirus Resource Page. This coronavirus pandemic will certainly be a difficult time for everyone, but there are reasons why those of us in recovery or those struggling with drug and alcohol use may have a particularly difficult time.
We’re a group of folks who may seem difficult to characterize at first. While we thrive on human interaction, we’re also people who like to isolate, especially when we’re active in our addiction or experiencing uncomfortable feelings. And what’s more uncomfortable than being socially isolated while there’s an illness we don’t know much about impacting people across the globe? These issues of uncertainty around work, school, and family issues – when will we get to go back to school, how will we manage with “social distancing” that may keep us in a house with family members who are not supportive of our recovery? For those still struggling with drugs and alcohol, how will our body react without the substances? Is withdrawal likely? And for everyone – where do we turn to find the support we used to get from AA, NA, Al-anon, other types of recovery meetings, therapists, houses of worship and other resources?
RCA is here to help. We will provide support by making as many resources as possible available during this time. In addition to the RCA website and this page, please check out our Facebook page for updates and additional resources, web casts, Facebook live chats, and more.
Helpful Resource Links:
How to Talk to Your Kids About Addiction and the Coronavirus
– Written by Trish Caldwell, RCA Director of Family Services
A Recipe for Self-Nurturing in Times of Stress
– Written by Amber D. Chamberlain, M.ED, LPC, RCA Treatment Advocate
Freeing Ourselves From Chaos Through Spiritual Principles
– Written by Peter Krespan, Recovery Educator
We Asked: How are Alumni Managing Recovery Right Now? Here are Their Tips
– Written by Audra Franchini, Communications Manager, with contributions from RCA’s Alumni Association
Self-Care During Uncertain Times
– Written by Lauren Vandenbraak, RCA Treatment Advocate
Coronavirus is Stopping a Lot of Things – but Local Addiction Treatment isn’t one of Them
– Written by Audra Franchini, Communications Manager