Can I Seek Treatment at a Detox Center During a Pandemic? 

in Addiction
Published Jun 11, 2021
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The COVID-19 global pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of life in one way or another. Many doctor’s offices and medical facilities have changed their procedures and made adjustments to ensure their patients and their staff are kept safe during this time. However, this doesn’t mean that an individual with a substance misuse problem should wait until the pandemic is over to seek treatment at a detox center. There are detox treatments that are available right now that be done safely despite the ongoing pandemic. 

The Effect On Detox Centers and Substance Misuse?

The COVID-19 pandemic has lead to an increase in substance misuse across the country. There are many factors that have caused this increase, with social isolation being a major one. People were separated from coworkers, loved ones, and friends. Some individuals may have been quarantined alone. Older adults and those with underlying health problems were particularly cut off from the socialization they were once dependent upon. This disconnection from society can lead to loneliness and an array of other health problems that may cause an individual to misuse a substance. 

The many stresses that came along with the pandemic contributed to the substance misuse level going up. Some of these stresses include:

  • Job loss
  • Failing businesses
  • Financial problems
  • Fear of getting sick
  • Lack of access to treatment or support groups

 

Some people may feel that they need to turn to a substance in order to cope with the stress of day-to-day life that has been increased due to the pandemic. Ongoing substance misuse may even make a person more likely to contract COVID-19 due to the body’s decreased ability to fight off sickness. However, receiving treatment at a detox center will strengthen an individual’s immune system and make them more equipped to fight off the virus if they do become infected. 

In 2020, a study was conducted by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The purpose of the study was to determine whether or not the pandemic was causing Americans to consume more alcohol than usual. A third of the participants in the study reported that they had engaged in binge drinking during the pandemic. Additionally, seven percent of the participants in the study reported that they had been involved in extreme binge drinking. Of those that drank more, 45.7% of them reported that the reason they were drinking more was because of the stresses brought about by the pandemic. Of the rest of the participants, 34.4% said that they were drinking more due to increased alcohol availability, and 30.1% said they were drinking more simply out of boredom. 

Why Shouldn’t I Wait to Seek Treatment at a Detox Center?

The time to seek treatment at a detox center for substance misuse is now. Putting off treatment is very dangerous and can lead to serious health complications, overdose, and even death. The longer an individual misuses a substance, the more of that substance they will need to get the same effects due to building up a tolerance. They may even begin using multiple substances to reach the high they are looking for; this increases the risk of possibly fatal consequences. 

What Is Gallus Doing to Keep Patients Safe Amid the Pandemic?

At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, we are taking the risks the pandemic poses incredibly seriously. We are committed to taking every step possible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every patient that enters either of our facilities, as well as the safety of our staff members. We recognize that while COVID-19 is a severe threat, the addiction crisis is also an urgent problem that is claiming the lives of Americans every single day. Thus, it is essential that we are able to provide effective and life-saving treatments even in the current climate. 

Special precautions begin as soon as a patient walks into the facility. They are immediately screened for COVID-19 symptoms. This way, if they are infected, they won’t risk passing it on to another patient or staff member. Nurses are diligently supervising patients 24/7 and are also monitoring themselves. If they display COVID-19 symptoms or have been around someone with the virus, they will not enter the facility so as not to put anyone else at risk. 

For the safety of our patients and staff, we are not allowing visitors or tours at this time. We are also working with both the Colorado and Arizona state health departments to ensure we are following every prescribed safety guideline. 

The isolation and stresses that have been brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a national increase in substance misuse. Many individuals feel as if they need to turn to a substance to cope with daily life. Others may want to seek help but be hesitant due to the ongoing threat of the virus. However, putting off getting treatment is dangerous and can lead to life-threatening consequences. Luckily, there are safe detox treatments available right now. At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, we are committed to taking every precaution necessary to keep our patients and staff safe. If you choose to seek treatment at either one of our facilities, you will be at ease, knowing your safety and well-being are our top priority. Don’t wait until the pandemic is over before seeking help for substance misuse. Get the help you need today. Call (866) 296-5242 to learn more about our treatment options and the different resources we offer. Recovery begins at Gallus.