With the ability to connect with other people in a social setting so greatly limited, remaining sober has been a major challenge for everyone in recovery and sadly…relapses are happening. Now is a good time to get into treatment to start the journey of healing and weathering the storm of isolation, anxiety, and fear with a community built for you that is full compassion and support.
During the quarantine, there are some significant barriers, even before intake. From the trip to, the wait at, and take off from the airport, social distancing and wearing effective PPE is important. You don’t want to take that first step towards a lifetime of recovery and contract a potentially fatal disease by not taking the proper precautions. So when leaving for treatment please follow the CDC guidelines which are as follows:
● Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
● Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
What sets The Duck House apart from most other treatment centers is our ability to screen clients for COVID-19 with on-site blood tests where results are shown within 5 minutes as well as sent to the lab for further confirmation. We are then able to respond in an adequate manner with the proper policies and procedures in place to quarantine clients if need be while they are receiving treatment.
A major contributing factor in addiction is that the person suffering from addiction has severed or impaired their social support. Since humans are social creatures, feeling socially disconnected is often what drives people to bond with drugs and/or alcohol to begin with and it is why there is such a strong spirit of “the group” in sober support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Refuge Recovery. A quarantine makes this far more challenging since the Statewide closure of community gathering has gone into effect. Connecting with others who share the common bonds of addiction and have discovered a solution is challenging. At the Duck House, we utilize Zoom meetings and bring in weekly panels of Alumni who are screened prior to entering the facility.
Getting outside and connecting with nature is medicine for the soul at any time but with the quarantine in effect, it has become a great way to get some exercise while social distancing. Once a week the duck house community that is eligible to leave their house, go on a hike on one of many trails throughout the greater Orange County area and occasionally the right beach location is scouted and the clients will have some fun in the SoCal sun.