Addiction doesn’t discriminate and it certainly does not wait for “the right time” for the addict to decide to get help. We are experiencing a global pandemic with the coronavirus and one of the questions lost in the thousands of other daily questions is, “Can people still go to drug and alcohol treatment?” Times of crisis and national emergency lead to heightened stress and anxiety amongst the general population, and especially for those suffering from addiction. The best time to stop is whenever the addict finally decides it is time. Here at Garden State Treatment Center, we are open and fully prepared to help patients seeking drug and alcohol treatment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Garden State Treatment Center is a JCAHO accredited treatment program. JCAHO which stands for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is responsible for the accreditation and certification of thousands of hospitals and behavioral health care providers in the United States. What does this mean? Being certified by JCAHO means that we have gone through a strict accreditation process and been given the ”Golden Seal of Approval ”. JCAHO is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for monitoring cleanliness and the safety of health care providers.
To be JCAHO accredited, the provider must prove that they are trusted in the community, ensure the safety of their rehab environment, and employ highly experienced and qualified professionals. Of course, of the utmost importance, is that the provider proves an excellent level of quality of care and patient safety, including disease prevention and infection control.
We Have Taken Extra Precautions During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Garden State Treatment Center follows a set of standards for disinfection and sterilization daily as set up by government health inspection guidelines in addition to JCAHO guidelines. Our staff not only stays informed on any changes in addiction treatment, but we also stay on top of any viruses, diseases and any other health-related issues that might impact the safety of our patients and staff. Our practice of maintaining impeccable health standards is proactive, and for this reason, we have a protocol already cemented into our daily schedule that protects everyone in our facility against the coronavirus.
We began these step-ups to our procedures weeks ago and continue to refer to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the most current updates. It is essential to have a clean and sterile environment and our facility has already increased the number of cleanings per day. These cleanings include a disinfectant checklist to be certain that no surface or corner goes ignored.
Enhanced Safety Precautions During COVID-19 Pandemic
Our admissions staff has additional screening questions during the pre-assessment to determine the risk of potential or incoming patients. Garden State has a variety of patients, from inpatient to partial hospitalization to outpatient. Our Behavioral Health Technicians (BHT) will be taking the vitals of each patient every morning. Our clients living off property will have their vitals taken whenever attending a class or group on campus. The outpatient clients will have their vitals taken by the BHT before entering any group room.
Also, the vitals will be kept confidential so as not to spark unwarranted fears throughout the community. The behavioral technicians, doctors, and therapists are already trained and experienced in observing the behavior, moods, and whereabouts of our clients and will continue to do so. They have been thoroughly advised of what to look for in terms of any signs or symptoms of this illness or others and understand the protocol they are to follow.
Garden State is Here to Help During the Coronavirus Outbreak
The entire staff at Garden State Treatment Center has been advised to watch for the following symptoms: runny nose, sore throat, fever, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, blushed lips or face.
In addition to all of these health and safety protocols in place to protect both the staff and the addict from the further spread of COVID-19, Garden State Treatment Center has a long and respected history of success in treating addiction. If you or a loved one are struggling at this time, please reach out to us today. Our staff is available 24/7 to answer all of your questions. We all know that life as an addict can be scary and dangerous. At this time, let Garden State Treatment Center be the absolute safest place that you can be. Begin your new life in recovery in a healthy and peaceful environment today!