With thousands of people dying from the effects of the coronavirus, you may wonder whether now is a safe time to seek treatment for a drug or alcohol abuse disorder. Our answer to this may surprise you. In any event, COVID-19 safety at rehab remains a top priority at our drug abuse treatment center. Keep reading to learn more.
The Rise of the Coronavirus Pandemic
COVID-19 deaths continue to climb as public health officials around the world urge citizens to stay at home and practice social distancing. The first case occurred in China in November 2019. Within weeks, the number of reported infections spiked across Asia, then the world.
By mid-March, the World Health Organization upgraded coronavirus to epidemic status. It urged countries to take more effective actions to curb the spread of the diseases. In response, a handful of states declared a state of public emergency, and soon the rest of the country followed, leading to school closures and social distancing measures enacted across the country.
In all 50 states and DC. retailers, businesses, and even churches moved to online delivery models as much as possible. Restaurants began offering take out and delivery only service and grocery stores shortened their hours of operations as supply chains slowed.
With all the commotion over the COVID-19 threat, those with addictions may wonder whether drug treatment centers could guarantee health safety at rehab facilities.
Safety at Rehab Starts with a Clean Environment
Those attending rehab for substance abuse disorders enter a clean, clinical environment. In fact, many treatment centers resemble medical facilities rather than group homes. However, staff members make every effort to create a homey environment where clients can relax.
Even holistic treatment programs must live up to the standards of the medical professionals that work there and run the detox programs. During the spread of a virus contracted through bodily fluids, staff members have become more vigilant than ever regarding hygiene and cleanliness protocols that can deter the spread of COVID-19 and preserve health safety at rehab programs.
We have implemented all guidelines set up by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These recommendations include:
- Limit how germs enter the facility. This includes patient screenings preceding admission, cleaning surfaces such as counters and doorknobs, and maintaining social distance in group and one-on-one sessions. Group sessions and meal distribution protocols have changed to fall in line with CDC guidelines.
- Isolate symptomatic patients. We have set up separate rooms for any clients who develop coronavirus symptoms. We also ask staff and clients to follow social distancing guidelines in all group settings, including meals.
- Protect staff and client safety at rehab. We have emphasized the importance of hand hygiene, recommending that staff and clients frequently wash their hands with soap and warm water. It’s very important that everyone cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and use hand sanitizer frequently.
Regaining Your Health and Finding Safety at Rehab
A weak immune system is a risk factor for developing COVID-19. It increases the likelihood of a related fatality. Unfortunately, drug and alcohol addictions often lead to a compromised immune system. At Phoenix Rising, we emphasize the importance of strengthening your body to recover from the negative effects of long-term use.
When you strengthen your body with nutritious food and exercise, it revitalizes your immune system. Therefore, going to rehab can actually leave your body less susceptible to coronavirus and other diseases. If you are seeking a way out of the physical and psychological trauma induced by addiction, we’re here to help. So contact us today at 855.232.8211 for more information on how our programs can benefit you. We’ll be happy to share our efforts to ensure safety at rehab for staff and clients.