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 facilities located in Phoenix and Scottsdale 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 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.
A Better Today wants you to know that the doors of many treatment facilities are still open and you can still safely get addiction treatment during this time.
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 connect individuals with life-saving addiction treatment. We will continue to strive to direct individuals to safe places to get help for addiction during the Coronavirus pandemic.
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.