The Coronavirus outbreak has taken over the world and is impacting people from all walks of life. Those vulnerable to addiction are more at risk when self-isolating and social distancing. During these highly stressful times, it can lead to a detrimental effect on physical and mental well-being. As many businesses close down and people stay home, we at Steps Together will ensure that we are on hand to help you to the best of our ability in these troublesome times.
Impact on Mental Health
One of the major battles for people already struggling with addiction is mental wellbeing. For this vulnerable demographic, the temptation to slip back into substance abuse is more tempting than usual, due to fewer activities to keep the mind occupied.
It is also a very stressful time period for people as they are concerned about their job security, their own health and their families wellbeing, as well as there being fewer ways to unwind. This can really take a toll on someone’s mental health, leading them back to substance use to help through this period.
Challenges of Getting Help
There are many treatment centres which are being forced to close down, with many people being concerned about having to go somewhere to get help and be at risk of catching the disease.
For those who don’t want to go to a treatment centre to get help, but would still like some guidance on how to navigate these challenging times, online service can be very helpful. At Steps Together, we are advising clients old and new to use as many online and over the phone facilities as possible as it is the most convenient and risk-free option available.
Guidance is available for people struggling 24/7 on blogs and forums, where you can ask questions and learn from others who are in the same boat as you. And for people who are looking for one-on-one advice and help, there are phone-in support lines and online chats where you can get in touch with an expert for support. To talk to someone from Steps Together, you can call us on 0800 038 5585
How Steps Together is helping
We understand this is a very challenging time period for many of the vulnerable out there and they may feel like they are all alone. However, here at Steps Together we’re offering as much help as possible in accessible ways so that you always have someone to rely on.
Like many residential treatment services, Steps Together have been inundated with calls for support and treatment during what is a truly vulnerable time for many. We are continuing to ensure access to our private residential treatment programme is possible during this difficult time. We are also ensuring the following protocols are followed at the rehab centre so our staff and our clients are kept safe and away from the virus.
Steps Together Coronavirus Protocols Include:
- Ensuring the facilities and supplies are kept clean and sanitised at all times.
- Making sure any staff member or client who is exhibiting symptoms are kept in isolation for the incubation period.
- Continued monitoring of all staff and patients for any signs or symptoms for COVID-19.
- Reducing the amount of close contact we have amongst the staff and the patients.
- Having cleaning and sanitising supplies readily available.
If you or a loved one needs private treatment, simply give us a call on 0800 038 5585 or get in touch through our contact us page and we can discuss your needs.
Stay Safe, Stay Sober, Stay Strong and remember, there are many many people out there whose mental and emotional health is under threat during these difficult times – look out for each other.