Yes! Accessing behavioral healthcare is an “essential” activity, which means you’re allowed to leave your home to get treatment when you need it, even if you’re practicing social distancing or obeying shelter-in-place orders.
The following information pertains to American Addiction Centers (AAC), a leading provider of substance abuse treatment with facilities nationwide. AAC remains open and committed to serving the millions of individuals struggling with addiction while enforcing safety and prevention as a top priority in regard to COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus).
Yes. We understand your concerns about your health and we’re here to reassure you. The safest place you can be during a pandemic is under the care of medical professionals. Our approach to patient safety is the most stringent in the country, and during this time we are taking extra precautions to ensure you’ll remain safe while you get the help you need.
Yes. AAC’s own lab will be conducting COVID-19 testing as an additional safety screening for patients admitted to its treatment centers across the country. All patients admitted to our facilities and current patients exhibiting symptoms and/or feeling sick will be eligible for the test.
You do not need to be vaccinated to get treatment at AAC. If you have been fully vaccinated, you may not have to quarantine when you arrive. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you are fully vaccinated 2 weeks or more after:
When you call our admissions center, we will ask you if you have been vaccinated. If you have, please bring your vaccine card with you to treatment.
We are being extremely vigilant about protecting the safety of every patient who comes to our facility. This is our #1 priority. Here’s what we’re doing to ensure that we protect your physical health during this time:
We know you may be feeling a lot of anxiety about the pandemic, and apart from taking every health precaution, we are running groups at the facility to address COVID-related anxiety.
No. To keep our patients safe, we have implemented certain admissions restrictions for states with very high rates of COVID-19.
No. At home, you are still exposed to COVID-19 when you do things like pick up your mail, go to the grocery store, or refill a prescription at the pharmacy. All the while, your addiction could be getting worse. The stress and isolation of living in quarantine may only worsen your substance use and any mental health symptoms from which you’re suffering. At AAC’s facilities, we are taking rigorous measures to limit any exposure to the virus while providing the lifesaving treatment you need.
Now is a good time to go to treatment because a lot of the world is at a standstill. Take this time to get the help you need to recover from your addiction. When things resume as normal, you’ll be in a much better place—clean and sober.
Generally, we allow family visits; however, while COVID-19 is a concern, we are limiting in-person visits. However, you will be able to call your family members so you’ll know they’re safe and they’ll know you’re getting the help you need. We know you’re concerned about missing your family while you’re away, but your family life can only benefit from you getting sober.
There are legal protections for you to access the behavioral healthcare you need. If you wait to get help, you might lose your job due to the ramifications of your drug or alcohol use. If you get help now, you can come back to work healthier and perform better.
If you’re currently unemployed or furloughed, this the perfect time to get treatment. Once the pandemic ends, a lot of people will be in competition for jobs, and you’ll need to be at your best to land a position or return to and keep the job from which you’ve been furloughed. You can only do so in the right frame of mind (and with the ability to pass a drug test, should you be required to do so).
We will do everything in our power to get you into treatment. American Addiction Centers operates a number of facilities across the U.S. We will help you find a facility that you can travel to and that has available beds. You’re not alone. Call our detox hotline for help finding treatment now.