Do you drink too much? “Yeah, probably,” you think to yourself. But when the coronavirus (COVID-19) has you isolated from your friends and family and you’re stuck at home with nothing else to do, drinking is all you can think about. You crave it. Who needs companionship when you can throw back a few drinks while you play video games or binge-watch Netflix?
But then one drink becomes three and three becomes six. This is your routine day in and day out to try to pass the time and keep yourself from feeling bored or alone. But then when you do go out to be around others, you can feel people distancing themselves from you. Is it just because of COVID-19 or because they can tell you’re an alcoholic?
That stigma and silent judgment makes you want to grab a beer to try to make the pain go away. But deep down, you wonder if drinking is really the solution. And if it isn’t, what is?
The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. But this doesn’t mean you have to be alone and resort to drinking to get through it. Addiction rehab is the perfect place you can go right now where you’ll be safe from the virus and won’t feel judged or shunned because of what you’re going through.
5 Benefits of Going to Addiction Rehab Right Now
Staying home is recommended, but the best thing you can do for yourself and others is to seek addiction treatment. Here’s why right now is actually the best time for rehab:
1. You’ll Be Safe from COVID-19. Alcoholism and other substance abuse disorders affect your immune health and other key organs responsible for keeping you healthy. This puts you and all those suffering from addiction at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. At addiction treatment centers like The Raleigh House where additional health and safety protocols are in place to protect clients and staff, you’ll be at a lesser risk of getting sick and be part of a treatment program designed to improve your overall health and well-being.
2. You Have the Time to Truly Focus on Recovery. One of the toughest parts about committing to addiction treatment is setting aside all your other responsibilities. In a time like this where it’s recommended you stay at home, you don’t have to worry as much about missing work or explaining to friends and family members why you can’t see them. Shelter-at-home orders and social distancing have a silver lining as an opportunity for you to go to rehab and truly focus on your recovery without worrying about anything else.
3. Alcohol Will No Longer Impact Your Health. Alcohol abuse can have devastating effects on your body and brain. For example, alcohol addiction can lead to liver disease, stomach ulcers, heart problems and a weakened immune system where you won’t have enough white blood cells to fight off illnesses and diseases. This leaves you susceptible to viruses like COVID-19 and chips away at your long-term health. By going to addiction treatment right now, you’re giving your body and brain a chance to heal, which will help you fight off diseases and keep you healthy in the future.
4. You’ll Be Able to Make New Connections. Boredom, isolation and loneliness caused by social distancing all add to the temptation to drink and abuse drugs. But when you’re in addiction treatment, you’ll be around other clients and therapists who understand your pain and get what you’re going through. Sharing similar experiences and completing treatment together gives you a chance to socialize, connect and build a new support group you can then maintain throughout your recovery.
5. You’ll No Longer Be Isolated at Home. When you’re stuck at home with nothing to do, you’re in the same rooms where you always drink. You’re surrounded by memories of drinking and feelings of loneliness, depression or anxiety that trigger cravings. Addiction treatment removes you from this environment. You’ll be in a safe, clean and refreshing place where you can eat healthy, delicious foods, connect with others, work through your substance abuse and develop tactics for dealing with cravings and triggers at home.
Is it Safe to Go to Addiction Rehab Right Now?
If you’re struggling with alcohol addiction, a rehab center is truly the safest place you can be because of the health and safety protocols many treatment facilities have adopted during this time. The Raleigh House, in particular, has taken significant steps to ensure our wellness-lodge, The Ranch, is safe for all our clients.
Besides practicing all precautions and best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are following additional infection control policies and all our staff is utilizing personal protective equipment when interacting with clients.
We also offer a highly personalized and private approach to addiction treatment, only treating 8 people at a time in detox and 14 people at a time in our residential program. With a smaller client size and new admissions screening protocols, we offer personalized care and peace of mind about your health during treatment.
Don’t Wait Any Longer to Get the Alcohol Addiction Treatment You Need
It’s scary not feeling safe going to the grocery store or wondering if every cough is a sign of infection. We know it’s even scarier for those who are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse. If you’re suffering from alcohol addiction and don’t know where to turn during our fight against COVID-19, look no further than The Raleigh House.
We offer a safe haven for you to heal from alcoholism without worrying about contracting the virus. This is the perfect time to make the choice to break free from addiction and turn your life around. This is your time to heal your body and mind from alcohol and rebuild the healthy, happy life you deserve. If you’re ready to get started, our admissions team is available to take you call. Fill out our form or contact us today.