The world has been turned upside in the last few months and things seem harder than ever before. Struggling addicts might be confused as to whether or not they should seek help during this time. So to clear things up, we will be breaking down some of these concerns and talking about how rehab works for those in need.
Whether you are new to recovery or thinking about turning your life around, it is important to know that it is always the right time to seek guidance. Getting the help you need should always be a primary concern.
As COVID-19 continues to bring isolation to many struggling addicts, it is important to know that you can still get help. Even with a global pandemic going on, there are still thousands of rehab centers that continue to help addicts, including our facility here at Daylight Recovery Services.
Should I Seek Help During COVID-19?
We’re sure you’ve heard on the news and in the papers that people should be steering clear of each other during this time. While this includes rehab centers, it doesn’t mean you can’t get help. There are many problems that could arise if you or your loved ones don’t seek treatment. When it comes to addiction, every second counts.
It is not an easy decision, but there are many different options that are available to you during this time. Knowing you need help is the first step on your journey to recovery. It’s a step that you should take, even now.
If you are still unsure, let’s take a quick look at some of the options available to you. We’ll also talk discuss a few questions to ask yourself down the line.
How Does Rehab Work?
Rehab — it is a heavy word that sometimes has a negative vibe to it. But it couldn’t be a better choice for those who suffer from alcoholism and drug abuse(even during this pandemic). If you are new to this, it’s okay; we’ve got you covered. Let’s start with the basics of how rehab works.
After you take that first step towards wanting to turn your life around and you have found your desired rehab center, you will see a wide variety of treatment options catered for you.
Each individual might have a different approach to his/her addiction. But some of these treatments might include:
- Group therapy (or individual therapy)
- Relapse prevention
You may be on the fence about whether or not now is the time to be seeking help. But rest assured, it is always the right time to get help from qualified professionals.
How is Isolation Affecting Me and My Addiction?
Being isolated from everyone and everything can be a dangerous situation for people who suffer from addiction. Being alone for such a long period of time can trigger harmful emotional states in addicts.
Social distancing is a completely new way of life for millions of Americans. But for struggling individuals, it is can be extremely difficult. It’s important to keep your cravings in check. But, that can be hard to do when you’re alone.
Luckily, many rehab programs offer support groups to fight isolation in everyday life. Along with this, patients can also seek medical advice from professionals at a moment’s notice. There is always someone to talk to, even in social isolation.
Am I in Full Control of My Addiction?
It is a question that may be in the back of your mind at all times: are you able to control your urges and addiction without having to seek treatment? Unfortunately, the answer to the question is usually no. Many addicts struggle to maintain this belief. As a result, they often fall into a vicious circle of denial (usually leading to an intervention). If this is something you are struggling with, then it might be time to seek an inpatient rehab.
Due to isolation and the struggle to maintain control, addicts need to have support available to them at all times. It is better to seek help than to take a risk you may not be able to go back from.
Detoxing During COVID-19
While detoxing is a necessary step in your journey to recovery, doing it alone can be dangerous. In isolation, you might have the urge to detox in private but this could cause more harm than good.
Certain drugs could cause harsh mental health symptoms and intense side effects (benzodiazepines and alcohol withdrawals can even be fatal). It is important to know the effects of detoxing alone and whether or not you should do it.
Could detoxing alone lead to a relapse because of the painful symptoms? It’s a question you should answer honestly and carefully. If you are unsure, it is better to be safe and reach out to a trustworthy drug rehab center.
What are the Rehab Safety Precautions During COVID-19?
It is important to have this question in the back of your mind when you are seeking help for addiction. There are a set of government-advised guidelines that every rehab center should be following during this time.
It should bring you peace of mind knowing that you will be getting the help you need in a safe and sanitary environment (especially now). At Daylight Recovery Services, we are doing everything we can to make sure you get the best treatment without having to worry about COVID-19.
Here are a few things to look out for:
- Coronavirus screenings during admission
- Enforcement of hand-washing and sanitary measures
- Set emergency protocols for someone who has contracted COVID-19
- Medical staff on standby
- Daily screening for staff and clients
Is It Possible to Be Safer In Rehab?
Yes, it can be! Staying in rehab is a valid option for struggling individuals during this time. There are many instances in which people suffer from homelessness because of their addictions. Fortunately, rehab is an excellent option for rebuilding your life in a safe and supportive environment.
There are many benefits to living in a rehab center, at least for the time being. A few pros are:
- An on-site staff
- Healing/Living in one place
- A supportive and open environment
To learn more about housing and rehab options, check out Daylight Recovery Service’s Residential Program.
Virtual Options for Treatment
The global effect of COVID-19 has brought all facets of our society into the online world, rehabs and medical treatment included. There are various options for people to still get treatment virtually. If you have any doubts about going to get help in person, this is the perfect alternative.
Perhaps you are unsure, but still want to get the same level of treatment from home. Looking for a virtual program could be a perfect medium between the two.
There are a lot of programs that can offer the same benefits of in-person treatment but from your home. It is convenient and can be done easily from anywhere in your home. While it might not substitute for in-person interactions, it is better than not getting treatment because of the global pandemic.
Am I More At Risk Than Everyone Else?
Unfortunately, addicts and alcoholics might be more susceptible to the virus than those who are not. At one point or another, you have probably thought about how your addiction might affect your risk of getting the virus, which is a valid concern. Similar to other medical issues (respiratory and otherwise), some are more at risk than others when it comes to the infamous COVID-19.
Since the virus usually attacks the infected person’s lungs, some addicts will be more at risk. If you ingest drugs or smoke you may be way more vulnerable to catching it. That is why it is extremely important to seek treatment and surround yourself with those who want to help. Rehab might be the best option if you find yourself in this situation.
Don’t let this fact deter you from seeing a medical professional (in person or otherwise). It should also bring you peace of mind to know that rehabs are taking the right precautions to make sure you are getting treatment in a safe and clean environment.
It’s Never Too Late to Find Hope and Help
With everything that is going on in the world today, there are many reasons why people may put off getting help for addiction. But this will never the be right path to a healthier and happier life. Those who are suffering from addiction are stuck in isolation like never before, which could spell disaster for some.
As we discussed above, there are so many different alternatives and treatment options for you or your loved one to use, even in quarantine. Additionally, many rehabs across the nation are taking the right health precautions in making sure that their treatment centers are clean and following the health guidelines.
Here at Daylight Recovery Services, we want to work with and for you. So, we are making sure to keep the premises clean and safe for you and every other client. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, please give us a call for more information.