Governor Ducey issued a stay-at-home order for the state of Arizona. Ducey made this decision based on clear empirical evidence that social distancing is the most effective way to combat the spread of COVID-19.
But what does that mean for those who are seeking treatment for drug or alcohol addiction?
Addiction treatment centers like our Phoenix and Scottsdale facilities fall into the category of essential businesses.
Although essential, addiction treatment centers in Arizona must implement safety guidelines. Namely, those set forth by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC).
These guidelines are being fully adhered to in our addiction treatment facilities. This includes screening patients over the telephone and then in person upon arrival. Then a subsequent mandatory quarantine during the first stages of treatment.
After quarantine patients will mostly attend individual, group, and family therapy via telemedicine. All telemedicine platforms used are fully HIPAA compliant.
Isolation is never ideal for someone who is struggling with addiction. Phoenix and Scottsdale residents struggling with addiction need to have help available.
This is why we consider it a critical mission to continue providing life-saving addiction treatment. We will continue to strive to be a safe place to get help for addiction during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please take a moment to read our statement on Coronavirus.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, don’t hesitate to call us. It is fully possible to get into a rehab safely during the Coronavirus pandemic. In fact, with the guidelines set forth, it is likely that a closed and protected rehab environment is safer.