Recovery centers are adjusting to new protocols in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Committed to security and safety at rehab, we closely monitor the changing COVID-19 situation and will implement precautionary measures to safeguard the welfare of those entrusted to our care.
COVID-19 Safety at Rehab
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have issued guidelines for medical facilities. We have carefully reviewed them and adapted our policies and procedures to best combat the spread of the Coronavirus. Our management team has contacted regional health officials to make sure we remain in compliance with public health directives.
Internally, we have taken the following and additional steps to limit the exposure of clients to COVID-19:
- Encourage team members to work from home if possible (not including counseling and therapy professionals)
- Require employees to self-quarantine for 14 days if any member of their household is sick or has COVID-19 symptoms
- Mandate that employees and clients wash their hands often with warm water and soap and use hand sanitizer
- Screen staff and clients for COVID-19 symptoms
- Suspend non-essential visitation
- Increase sanitation procedures and deep clean regularly
- Stock up on gowns, gloves, soap, masks, and hand sanitizer
- Change the dining routine to limit contact while maintaining proper nutrition
We work hard to keep clients updated on any changes to policy and how they may impact their daily routine. Rest assured, we remain committed to a high standard of care to provide you with the skills needed to fight addiction.
CDC Symptom List for Coronavirus
If you’ve been watching the media, you probably already have the list of symptoms seared in your brain. However, We want to help our clients understand the risks and recommended precautions regarding COVID-19 exposure. You may not know that there are rarer symptoms that can help you determine if you or someone you love with the Coronavirus requires immediate medical attention.
The CDC breaks out the symptoms of Coronavirus that indicate mild and severe conditions. Symptoms begin 2-14 days after someone contracts the illness. For safety at rehab, we quarantine clients with COVID-19 symptoms.
Mild symptoms include:
- Cough (usually dry)
- Shortness of breath
More severe symptoms that require an immediate trip to the hospital include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Constant chest pain
- Confusion or disorientation
- Bluish lips
The symptoms don’t manifest in every victim in exactly the same way. Check with your general practitioner to find out if telehealth services are available for guidance.
Coronavirus and Substance Use Disorder
Those addicted to drugs and alcohol often have secondary health issues, such as a compromised immune system. Unless you are under a restrictive shelter-in-place order, it pays to begin your recovery as soon as possible. Putting off drug detox and recovery leaves you with both a substance use disorder that impedes your life and a weak immune system that could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.
Testing kits will become more available as time passes. This will make it easier for clients and others to quickly determine whether they have the disease. As part of our commitment to the health and safety of our clients, we may take other actions to ensure safety at rehab.
Recommendations for Self-Quarantine and Safety at Rehab
You may have to self-quarantine due to exposure to others who test positive for Coronavirus. Depending on the circumstances, self-quarantine may last for three days to two weeks. If you have fallen under the self-quarantine request, let us know when you apply for admission.
We remain committed to giving you the professional help you need to break the cycle of addiction. The COVID-19 virus has everyone on edge, but postponing detox and recovery is not an option if you want to take your life back. Contact Tampa Recovery Centers today at 866.327.0883 for substance abuse treatment.