COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, has caused unprecedented changes to the world since March 2020. Because the spread of COVID affects every continent, it is considered a global pandemic. As a result, personal and economic activity was completely upended as strict stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines were put into place. These conditions led to massive job loss and extended quarantines, which increased stress, isolation, and financial problem for some.
These effects of the pandemic can be relapse triggers for those who have struggled with a substance use disorder in the past or can lead others to start using and form an addiction. COVID-19 has not put a stop to addiction but has actually increased substance use across the US. A May 2021 study found that almost one-third of those who drink alcohol increased their consumption during the pandemic.
The same study reported drug use increased at a similar rate. This resulted in 2021 having the highest number of drug overdoses in a 12 month period for the US. In November of 2021, it was reported that over 100,000 overdose deaths had occurred. Because of this increase in fatal outcomes, treating SUDs in drug and alcohol treatment is more important than ever.
What Is Covid-19?
COVID-19 is a highly infectious respiratory disease that is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The spread of COVID-19 occurs through airborne particles and droplets carrying the virus. The majority of those who are infected with COVID-19 are either asymptomatic or develop only mild symptoms. In these instances, recovery happens within weeks of infection and without treatment. However, some individuals, typically older people and those with underlying medical conditions, become incredibly ill and require hospitalization. COVID-19 and its complications can be fatal.
Is It Still Safe to Go to Drug or Alcohol Rehab Despite COVID-19?
Yes, rehab is still safe. Right now, rehab centers are taking preventive measures to ensure that their facilities remain coronavirus-free. Rehab facilities are regularly testing patients and potential patients for COVID-19. Inpatient and outpatient treatment programs are continuing to adapt to comply with social-distancing guidelines. Additionally, rehab centers are ensuring they have adequate amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer. ARIA is one of those rehabs that continue to keep our staff and patients safe by being “covid clear”.
Are Drug or Alcohol Rehabs Open?
Yes, rehabs are still open. Rehab for drug and alcohol addiction is an essential service, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. For many people, the risks of alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose are more dangerous and urgent than the risk of coronavirus.
Because lives are on the line, treatment cannot stop. Similar to medical professionals in America’s clinics and hospitals, the licensed treatment professionals who work in rehab centers are dedicated to helping the community during these uncertain times. Across the country, rehab centers remain ready and available to provide high-quality treatment to anyone seeking to overcome a SUD.
Do Drug or Alcohol Rehabs Offer The Covid Vaccine?
There has been very little information on whether treatment facilities provide the covid vaccine in house but there are many that will take you to a covid site to get the vaccine.
The team of addiction specialists at the Addiction Recovery Institute of America in West Palm Beach knows that no two individuals struggling with addiction are the same. This is why we are careful to design a drug and alcohol treatment center for each of our clients that is tailored to their individual needs. From our medical detox programs to our residential rehab programs to our intensive outpatient level of clinical care, ARIA FL has a solution that is right for you or someone you love.