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Statement from Family First Intervention
We’re here to assist and support families during the Coronavirus outbreak.
We will be here to help families in need of an intervention and guidance during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Family First Intervention falls under the guidelines provided by the CDC to continue working and serving our community during this pandemic. Our team is taking extra precautions to ensure your family is safe as well as our counselors.
Please call to learn more about the extra precautions we are now taking to help serve families in this undeniable time of need.
Addiction Treatment As An Essential Service In Times of Crisis
During this, and any time of national emergency, there are numerous services that are deemed as “essential.” This means that these services are basic needs that must still be kept available.
Those with addictions and their families still need help and assistance in these times and we can be there for you.
Coronavirus & Addiction FAQs for Families
Many parents and families will surely have questions regarding how the coronavirus will impact their situations and the situations of their loved ones. In this section, we will try and cover some common questions families may have.
Should Addicts Still Get Help For Addiction During the Coronavirus Outbreak?
Yes! This pandemic has thrown a wrench in the gears of normalcy, but time is of the essence when you are dealing with substance abuse. Addiction is a progressive disease and it can progress dangerously fast. Life-threatening addictions to alcohol and drugs should be addressed immediately, even during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Should My Loved One Leave Rehab Due to The Corona Virus / COVID19?
NO! Definitely not! Your loved one should not leave rehab due to fears over the Corona Virus / Coronavirus / COVID-19. Further, parents should not allow this to be used as an excuse for a loved one to leave rehab or an addiction treatment program.
Parents SHOULD NOT Allow COVID-19 to be an Excuse for a Loved One Leaving Rehab, Missing Counseling or Therapy Sessions, or Delaying Treatment.
THE DANGERS THAT ISOLATION PROPOSES TO THOSE WITH AN OPIOID ADDICTION
All around the United States, local governments are taking steps to close businesses and limit non-essential services and travel. We are essentially entering a period of “quarantine” or isolation.
The possibility of isolation proposes some big problems for everyone, but opioid addicts in particular. During this time, it is imperative that an opioid addict or anyone who is using opioids – prescribed or illegally is being cared for.
In the event of an opioid or heroin overdose, will anyone be around to administer narcan or call for emergency services? These questions need to be asked. If the current environment is not suitable to the safety of your loved one, you should consider temporary care and/or entering treatment.
The Dangers of Leaving Rehab Early for COVID-19 / Corona Virus
In treatment is the best place for an addict – regardless of what is happening in the outside world. Current affairs should never be used as an excuse for quitting or delaying addiction treatment or drug and alcohol rehab.
We get it, the world is scary right now, and having our loved ones close by makes us feel safer. But, we need to accept continuing medical, therapeutic, and rehabilitation treatment is the best course of action for our loved one. It is imperative to stick to the recovery plan that was outlined from the beginning.
The Dangers Isolation Poses on Those Who Are Sober and In Long-Term Recovery
This period of isolation not only poses dangers to those who are actively using drugs and alcohol and those new to recovery; those who have years of sobriety behind them are struggling to stay sober during the stress of current events, the news & media, and coronavirus fears. This is being exacerbated by the fact that sobriety, 12 step and AA meetings are among the closures and cancellations of events due to COVID-19. While some counselors and treatment centers and sobriety groups are utilizing technology for online and virtual meetings, not all have these resources at their fingertips.
We encourage all of those in recovery to continue going to meetings, where possible, and utilize virtual meetings if available. Stick to your sobriety goals, and reach out for help if you feel the pressures getting to you and if you fear relapse.
We Are Here For You and Your Family During These Stressful Times
At Family First Intervention, we utilize available technology to allow us to video-conference with our clients if needed and recommended
THOUGH VIRTUAL MEETINGS CANNOT REPLACE LIVE INTERVENTIONS & CRITICAL FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS
STUCK AT HOME IN ISOLATION?
NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO EDUCATE!