Should I Still Seek Rehab During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

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Should I Still Seek Rehab During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

By Lakeview Health
Lakeview Health
Author Philip Warrick
Philip Warrick

Philip Warrick, LMHC started his career in the field while working as a Substance Abuse Counselor at an inpatient facility in Tampa, Florida... read more

Published: February 22, 2021
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Everyday concerns and anxieties around the COVID-19 pandemic continue to rise in the U.S. With more and more restrictions around socializing, “shelter-in-place” orders being placed, and travel protocols being implemented, it may leave you wondering if you should even seek help for your addiction in the current climate.

Lakeview Health Chief Medical Officer, Lantie Jorandby explains, “Really, there’s never been a better time to seek treatment. Addiction treatment and rehab facilities are exempt from the “shelter-in-place” guidelines and Lakeview Health intends to continue operating and helping those in dire need of treatment services. In isolating times like these, a treatment center is a great place to make connections and be surrounded by a safe and supportive community.”

Why coronavirus should not stop you from seeking treatment for your addiction:

  • You could be at greater risk for contracting a virus. Substance users have potentially compromised immune system – especially if it’s coupled with smoking. This can leave someone at a great risk for contracting coronavirus. We don’t want coronavirus to be the reason you don’t seek treatment. Lakeview Health has a 24/7 on-site medical team ready to safely and comfortably detox you.
  • Detoxing alone can be dangerous. Detoxing altogether provides a lot of fear and anxiety. To detox from alcohol or drugs without medical supervision poses a greater risk of death than the coronavirus. While there are fears around traveling, detoxing under medical supervision is incredibly important. Our highly trained physicians work to make detox safe and help our patients feel comfortable to reduce the risk of relapse once you do leave treatment.
  • Addiction feeds off isolation. What better place to recover and renew yourself than a healthcare facility fully focused on getting you healthy? Our program is built around connection points – from many types of group therapies, to 1:1 time with a personal therapist you won’t feel isolated with us.

If you are considering treatment right now, it is important that the facility you choose is following federal and state guidelines to reduce the risk of a coronavirus outbreak. We have implemented extra protocols and procedures aimed at doing just that. It is equally important that this treatment center also have a quality medical staff on-site to oversee patients should an outbreak happen.

Lakeview Health is protecting patients and potential patients during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • We offer testing for coronavirus as indicated by CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines for testing.
  • Our 24/7 nursing staff is completing daily vital tests to every patient and staff member at all levels of care.
  • We have restructured our intake process so all incoming patients will be accepted in a separate building on campus where patients will medically detox under 24/7 care. During this time, daily vitals will be checked and any symptoms indicating a potential COVID-19 diagnosis will be evaluated.
  • Our facilities and housekeeping departments have added additional disinfectant measures on top of their already detailed cleaning regimen.
  • We have implemented telemedicine options where applicable.
  • When weather permits, we are holding group therapy sessions outside.
  • To limit the exposure possibilities, non-essential staff have restricted access to patient areas and wellness facilities, site tours and family visitations will be suspended for the time being.
  • In-person family sessions and visitations have been moved to a virtual or phone conferencing platform.
  • All staff and patients are refraining from hand shaking, fist bumping, hugging or any other forms of physical contact.

“At the end of the day, regardless of the novel coronavirus, addiction is a disease and it is important that regardless of where someone is located, they can get the help and treatment they need. We remain vigilant in being able to provide a place where those seeking treatment are able to have a safe and medically sound place to get healthy,” shares Jorandby.

We don’t want coronavirus to be the reason you don’t seek treatment. Lakeview Health offers a hospital-like setting with a full-time credentialed medical staff on-site 24/7. We take the health and safety of our patients and potential patients very seriously.

Contact Lakeview Health Today

At Lakeview Health, we believe that recovery from drug and alcohol addiction should not be hindered by the coronavirus. Our highly qualified, professional staff has years of experience helping individuals suffering from all types of addiction – with an extended focus to those suffering from mental disorders as well. If you or someone you know is suffering, we are here to help. Reach out to us using our secure online form or call us at 866.704.7692. Don’t let drugs and alcohol control your life any longer. Don’t let the world shutting down stop you from receiving the treatment you deserve.

Lakeview Health follows the federal guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as protocols from The Cleveland Clinic in conjunction with the American Society of Addiction Medicine standards. We are accredited by The Joint Commission as well as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, ensuring we provide the framework for achieving quality outcomes for the addiction community we serve.