Coronavirus Update: March 18, 2020
COVID-19: A Letter to Patients on Public Health and Coronavirus
Dear Employees, Patients, and Families,
The health and safety of our patients, staff, and their families is of our utmost importance at Zelus Recovery. As healthcare providers, we are committed to providing the safest environment to all who enter our office.
Our intent is to remain open and continue treating patients this week. However, if anyone is not comfortable with keeping their scheduled appointment, we are more than happy to reschedule you for a later date. We do ask if a patient or a patient’s family member is sick or not feeling well to reschedule their appointment.
With the current concerns surrounding COVID-19, we are taking the following steps to ensure the safety and health of our patients, their families, and our employees:
We are limiting interaction in our reception area. We kindly ask that only scheduled patients be in the office and anyone accompanying a patient to their appointment wait in the car.
Only patients will be allowed in the clinical area. Clinical assistants will be able to call any parent waiting outside to update them on addiction treatment status. If you have questions regarding your child’s treatment, please feel free to send them with a note to their appointment.
Zelus Recovery will maintain proper social distancing as recommended by the CDC. We will split groups to limit groups to no more than 10 people. We’ve posted the CDC’s guidelines on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 along with the symptoms of COVID-19
Coronavirus Update: April 6, 2020
How Does Coronavirus Impact Those Living with Addiction?
For those living with substance use disorder, seeking help at a teen rehab center provides hope and a chance of a better life. Amid the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, you may feel uncertain whether now is the right time to turn your back on drugs and alcohol. The truth is, substance abuse is already a great risk to your health and well-being. Additionally, we are taking extraordinary precautions to ensure safety at rehab for clients and staff members by utilizing HIPPA compliant Telehealth services for addiction treatment.
Are you dependent on drugs and alcohol? Those addicted to illicit substances often have a weak immune system. This can increase your risks when it comes to getting and recovering from coronavirus. Drugs often compromise your immune system. However, that doesn’t have to keep you from getting the care you need to beat addiction.
In addition to the health consequences of substance abuse Covid-19 and Social Distancing/Quarantine has had devastating mental health consequences to those individuals fighting to maintain recovery. With the new social distancing protocols the United States entered a quarantine period for a number of months depending on an individuals health and travel history along with regional guidelines. While social distancing many of those in recovery saw an increase in depression and anxiety symptoms and less access to treatment resources and medications resulting in a drastic relapse rate increase nation-wide.
What are the Symptoms of Covid-19?
Coronavirus disease is passed between people when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It varies from typical cold and flu symptoms slightly. A high fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath may signal the presence of this aggressive respiratory infection.
If you develop a more severe case, coronavirus may present with additional symptoms that include double pneumonia, respiratory distress, and diarrhea. The fatality rate among those with compromised immune systems is much higher. This includes those with lupus, allergies, and diabetes, as well as many people with a drug dependency. Rest assured, we are well aware of these risks and continue our addiction treatment efforts.
Our staff has taken proactive steps to ensure safety at rehab for clients and staff members. Rehab programs, including outpatient programs and counseling, are being conducted through online Zoom meetings that meet HIPPA requirements.
Maintaining Safety at Rehab
In addition to transitioning to Telehealth services, we constantly review recommendations from the top public health agencies. Both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise everyone during this time to keep a social distance.
Telehealth Services For Addiction
To maintain safety at rehab during this pandemic, Zelus Recovery is only offering online therapy and rehab programs.
Programs available through virtual programs include:
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Outpatient treatment
- Individual and family therapy
Instructions for Clients
We keep clients updated on any new guidelines passed on by the CDC and WHO. We also provide HIPPA compliant rehab program online to stay in contact with clients to ensure safety at rehab.
Contact Zelus Recovery to find out how to participate in our telehealth addiction treatment program.
Although our services are online, please continue to practice the following to protect your health:
- Sanitize your hands often
- Report cold and flu symptoms immediately
- Refrain from physical contact of any kind, including hugging, touching, or shaking hands
- Do not gather in large groups, maintaining the appropriate social distance
- Practice self-quarantine if you develop any coronavirus symptoms
Zelus Addiction Rehab Center Is Still Open- Online
As critical care facilities, many rehab centers will remain in operation during the pandemic. However, to promote safety at rehab for both our clients and employees, all services will be conducted online via telecounseling. As noted above, the staff has taken many precautions and enacted guidelines for clients and employees to help increase safety at rehab while still providing treatment.
Despite the extreme caution engendered by the pandemic, those with substance use disorders should continue to seek treatment. Rehab centers continue to recognize the important role they play in guiding you on the road to recovery. Safety at rehab continues to remain a focal point for our recovery teams. Contact Zelus Recovery by calling 208.518.0797 for drug and alcohol rehab telehealth services.