Covid and Addiction Rehab During Quarantine

Accessing healthcare is an “essential” activity, which means you’re allowed to come access alcohol addiction treatment when you need it. Here's what you need to know.

Am I Allowed to Leave My House To Go To Addiction Rehab For Treatment?

Yes! Accessing healthcare is an “essential” activity, which means you’re allowed to come access 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).

Free and low-cost alcoholism treatment is available.

Will I Be Safe at an Addiction Treatment Facility?

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.

What is AAC Doing to Protect Patient Health During the Pandemic?  

We are extremely vigilant about protecting the safety of every patient who comes to our facilities. This is our #1 priority.

Here’s what we’re doing to ensure that we protect your physical health during this time:

  • Screening all patients on the initial intake, the day of travel, and upon arrival at any of our facilities for infection of COVID-19 or any other signs of illness.
  • Taking patient temperatures throughout the day and providing medical support to patients with doctors and nurses available 24/7.
  • Extensive deep cleaning of the facility multiple days per day.
  • Practicing all recommended social distancing measures.
  • Separating and monitoring all new patients to limit potential exposure to illness.
  • Offering a sober escort service to transport incoming patients to limit exposure at airports.
  • Limiting who we allow into the facility (only “essential personnel” allowed—staff and patients only).
  • Limiting daily admissions.
  • Providing telehealth for all outpatient services to limit any unnecessary exposure to the virus.

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.

Do AAC Facilities Allow Admissions from States that are “Hot Beds” for the Coronavirus?

No. To keep our patients safe, we have implemented certain admissions restrictions for states with very high rates of COVID-19. 

Should I Wait Until the Pandemic Ends to Go into Rehab?

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 our 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. 

Will I Be Able to See My Family While I’m at an AAC Facility?

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.

Will Going to Addiction Treatment Cause Me to Lose My Job?

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 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).

What Can I Do if a Local Rehab Facility is Full?

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 us for help finding treatment now at 1-888-685-5770 .

You can also submit the free, confidential form below to check if your insurance covers treatment.