recovery support during the pandemic

If you have been frequenting meetings two or more times a week, the recent alterations to in-person treatment may have taken a toll on how you maintain your daily and weekly recovery. For many, it is this loss of support that may threaten their recovery. The uncertainty of the times has caused a loss of morale for those in recovery who are left wondering how anything could replace meeting in-person. While the pandemic carries on and things remain uncertain, isolation can take hold, hindering recovery and adding another complex layer to the pandemic.

Healthcare System

Due to current circumstances, healthcare systems have had to adapt to provide services for the millions that need it. This includes medication distribution, visitation to treatment centers and clinics, support meetings, and continuing treatment for addiction and mental disorders. Perhaps the most significant threat for the recovery community is facing a long period of potential isolation because they cannot regularly visit their doctor or therapist. Isolation is not easily combated in recovery and it could take years to learn how to avoid and weather these lonely periods. 

However, nothing could have prepared you for what you’re facing now. The severity of the pandemic will not only disrupt those in recovery, but it will create new addiction and mental disorder cases. While the healthcare system is taking measures to keep from overwhelming hospitals, they are also considering the needs of each patient. Patients still have many options to seek care and you will want to know what each is and how you can help to alleviate the stress on the healthcare system while still getting quality treatment. Here are three ways in which you can get started.  

 

  • Disaster Planning

 

While the stress and uncertainty might have you feeling overwhelmed and like there is no help for you, knowing that there are thousands of professionals working to continue to bring you the treatment you need can help to ease your mind. However, because the time is so unique, it will take compromise on the part of both you and healthcare professionals. 

First, the goal is to limit face-to-face contact and regulate the volume of patients coming into a facility by offering you alternative ways to get treatment. This includes staggering appointments to limit the volume of patients in waiting rooms. The Federal Government also has relaxed rules on the dispensing of medication, which means you may be able request a larger supply medication to take at home. However, this kind of prescription will follow a telemedicine appointment and the choice to prescribe you such amounts will be based on the discretion of the practitioner. 

 

  • Online Group Therapy

 

Many in recovery rely on face-to-face meetings with their support groups. While attempts have been made to reinstate meetings in certain communities, it is ultimately not likely they will be making a full return to in-person meetings anytime soon. Treatment centers like True Recovery have transitioned to using both telehealth and telemedicine services and these alternatives have been met with positive praise from patients. 

Patients who use these online services can maintain meetings, attend therapy and counseling sessions, and get treatment and medications via a virtual doctor’s appointment. Some people enjoy this alternative because they do not need to arrange for travel or worry about being late because they can do it from home. Also, telehealth has a longer reach and can extend its services to those in rural communities who may not have otherwise had the option to attend meetings. When you join a community through True Recovery, you will never have to worry about online bullies or your support group leader missing a meeting. These meetings are safe, available, and reliable. 

 

  • Inpatient Care 

 

Perhaps the biggest concern has to do with those patients that are the least stable and need inpatient treatment. Losing inpatient support can have serious repercussions. Couple this with treatment centers having to regulate the number of patients they can see each day and this creates a lot of problems. This has caused many professionals to tirelessly search for ways to reach patients in need of medication or 24/7 surveillance. While the effort on the front of treatment centers is excellent, it will take additional government recognition to help fund these centers to keep them afloat. Another fear is that treatment centers could be forced to close if they cannot receive funding to help them through this time. This would be a considerable detriment to both medicine and treatment centers. 

However, despite these added challenges, centers like True Recovery have stayed resilient and still offer inpatient care for those who need it most. True Recovery follows the CDC’s strict safety protocols and continues to offer quality recovery care while protecting their patients from COVID-19. If you require serious care, reach out to treatment centers such as True Recovery and ask as many questions as you need to regarding treatment options and  safety protocols and you will be sure to get the answers you need. 

 

The effort to see results is an effort that is placed upon everybody. To prevail, you must be willing to change your usual approach to treatment and recovery. There are great alternatives that are worth pursuing. You can take some comfort in knowing that many have transitioned to using telehealth platforms and our health professionals at True Recovery are working tirelessly to improve the quality of your experience. As long as you have access to the internet or a phone, you never have to be alone. Recovery, in its essence, is about being able to grow and transform. Simultaneously, the pandemic has offered a large undertaking of multiple challenges, so there is much to learn and grow during this time. Remember, support did not go away. True Recovery offers 24/7 care and is working to bring you the care to meet your needs during this time. Never hesitate or wait to reach out, call us today at (866) 399-6528