Behavioral health clinics remain open for those struggling with addiction
Those struggling with substance abuse could be hit the hardest by self-quarantining.
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Those struggling with substance abuse could be hit the hardest by self-quarantining. Many in recovery often depend on therapy or group meetings to stay on track.
Isolating as part of the national quarantine could cause some to relapse.
“Having to quarantine is a situation where if someone had preexisting concerns they would only feel worse,” said Linda Hurley, the CEO and President of CODAC Behavioral Healthcare.
CODAC and other behavioral healthcare organizations like Community Care Alliance and BH Link will remain open during the coronavirus pandemic to help those in need.
“Our organizations are really lifelines,” said Ben Lessing, the CEO of Community Care Alliance.
To continue care through the pandemic, the centers are now offering counseling over the phone or via video chat.
If someone is a recovering opioid addict and needs medication as part of their treatment, CODAC will now give you a two week supply of your medicine to have during the quarantine.
Each center is still open for walk-ins and is screening everyone who comes in for coronavirus symptoms.
“If they screen positive then we ask them to remain in the car and the nurse will come out and provide them with 14 days of their medication so they can go home and self-quarantine,” said Hurley.
CODAC is also in the process of offering medications via delivery to those in quarantine.
Additionally, many Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Annonymous meetings in Rhode Island are moving to video conference calls.