What to Expect When Entering Residential Treatment During a Pandemic

During a time when loved ones may be lost, unemployment is sky-rocketing, and isolation threatens to push people over the edge of rational thought, the rate of substance abuse and addiction has also increased to unprecedented levels. With more and more people in need of assistance for their substance abuse issues, there is also greater concern and hesitation about entering residential treatment centers during the health crisis.

You may be asking yourself, “Is it safe to enter an inpatient treatment center during a pandemic? Could I be infected with the coronavirus if I seek treatment now?” Rest assured that at the Addiction Recovery Institute of America, we have not only your mental health but your physical health in mind. We have implemented the necessary safety protocols to ensure the health and wellness of both our residents and staff.

Before You Arrive At Our Residential Treatment Program

With the pandemic swirling around us here in Florida, we have implemented a rigorous screening process to protect our residents and staff from the impact of COVID-19. Before arriving at the treatment center, clients will be screened for exposure and recent travel and questioned about any symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. You may also be asked to present a negative COVID test before entering the recovery center.

Social Distancing At The Recovery Center

According to the CDC, one of the most important things that people can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing. Many therapeutic programs for substance abuse include cognitive-behavioral therapy and support in a group setting.

While connecting with others may be more of a challenge during the pandemic because of these guidelines, we have taken every precaution inside the treatment center to ensure residents’ safety, including:

  • Smaller group sizes
  • Larger room space to allow for distancing between participants
  • More individualized treatment where appropriate
  • Masks required to be worn in all shared spaces

Mitigation Strategies During Treatment

Mitigation strategies are critical to stopping the spread of the virus to and among residents. At the Addiction Recovery Institute of America, we are taking the threat of infection very seriously and have implemented all of the necessary steps to keep residents and staff safe, including disinfection, cleaning, and the use of Personal Protective Equipment.

Treatment Options During A Pandemic

Just because the pandemic has threatened every area of life does not mean that your addiction has been put on pause or has suddenly disappeared. We understand that as the pressures of the coronavirus build, clients may need an inpatient treatment center’s services even more.

We have made every effort to ensure the health and safety of our residents while still offering comprehensive treatment programs, including:

Goals Of Treatment In A Residential Treatment Program

The goal of residents entering an inpatient treatment center are no different during a pandemic than any other time: recovery and sober living. While the waiting rooms, recovery center, and social areas may look slightly different, the goal remains to offer the most effective treatment programs and services to our residents. We are committed to ensuring that residents have access to the medications, therapeutic programs, and counselors they need to get them on their way to recovery.

Commitment To Our Residents

Substance abuse itself is a serious condition that places a strain on families, jeopardizes its victims’ health, and stresses relationships. During these tumultuous times, the pandemic’s added pressure has increased the risk of substance abuse worldwide. We are more committed than ever to providing effective substance abuse treatment programs in a safe and healthy environment. It is everyone’s responsibility to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The counselors, administration, and staff at the Addiction Recovery Institute of America are committed to our resident’s health and safety while treating their substance abuse challenges.

Learn More About Aria’s Residential Treatment Program Today

We understand that addiction does not stop during a pandemic, and the additional pressures and mental stresses that it brings may make it even more of a struggle. Let us help you to get on track to recovery even as the rest of the world may seemingly be on pause.

Contact one of our counselors today to move one step closer toward sober living even during the pandemic. Reach out to us online or call us at 844.973.2641 today.