With mandatory nationwide shutdowns, it can be difficult to determine what is an “essential” business and what isn’t. This is a scary time for everyone; a time of uncertainty and increased concern. Unfortunately, it is also a time when people are practicing self-medication to alleviate feelings of fear and anxiety. Addiction professionals have predicted that there will be many more cases of alcoholism once the COVID-19 outbreak begins to slow down.
Those who don’t have any mental health resources available and are experiencing depression, anxiety and other symptoms associated with isolation and the fear of the unknown might turn to alcohol and drugs to temporarily manage symptoms. Unfortunately, doing so is a slippery slope. Self-medicating is a form of substance abuse, and those that engage in substance abuse are far more likely to develop an addiction.
Alcoholism and Self-Medication
Those who are already struggling with alcoholism are also more likely to experience a worsening of symptoms during self-isolation and social distancing. While non-essential businesses are now experiencing mandated closures, it is safe to say that alcohol detox programs are more essential than ever.
Those struggling with alcohol use disorders might not have access to alcohol during the shutdowns, meaning they could go into alcohol withdrawal. When not treated by a medical professional, alcohol withdrawal can be lethal. By keeping our alcohol detox facility open, we at Allure Detox are saving lives in the long-run.
Treatment Protocol for Alcohol Detox During COVID-19
As a licensed medical detox facility, our main priority has always been helping those struggling with alcoholism safely detox and transition to inpatient alcohol treatment. This remains our priority – of course, we are also taking extreme precautions to slow the spread of the virus and ensure the health and safety of every one of our patients. We completely understand the seriousness of the national coronavirus pandemic, and we consider this during every single move we make. However, it is also true that currently, alcoholism claims more lives daily than the virus – therefore, for the well-being of the general public, we are continuing to offer our services to those who need them.
Anyone who has any potential symptoms of COVID-19 will need to be tested and must be proven negative for the virus before being admitted. Once a patient has been admitted, we will take extensive measures to ensure ongoing health. These measures include having vitals taken every morning and undergoing an extensive assessment before admission. Those who are involved in the outpatient program will have their vitals taken before traveling to the facility. If someone shows abnormal vitals, we will keep it between the patient and the staff, and promptly remove them from a group setting. While our main goal is to stay safe, we also want to make sure that we don’t instigate panic within the treatment community.
Allure Detox Offers Treatment During COVID-19 Outbreak
Allure Detox is open and ready to assist you. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are implementing a set of entirely new safety precautions to ensure the health and well-being of our patients. We understand that the need for treatment is often urgent and necessary, thus we will do everything in our power to continue serving the general public while ensuring their safety.
If you or someone close to you has been struggling with alcoholism or alcohol abuse, there is no better time to seek professional treatment than now. Please feel free to give us a call with any additional questions you may have, either about our program of alcohol detox or about the extra measures we are currently taking to ensure the safety of our patients. We look forward to speaking with you soon.