Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Lessons Learned: Tips to Enjoy the Holidays

The holiday season comes around every year and creates a ripple in our everyday life.  For most the holidays are to connect, gather, love and celebrate.  For us in recovery from addiction, eating disorders and mental health, the holidays can be a struggle and difficult to maneuver.

In recovery, I have learned that I can enjoy the holidays just as much as others if I take care of my needs. Below are some lessons I have learned throughout my journey.

I sincerely hope they can provide for you what they have provided for me.

Retreat and Recharge – Take time away from guests to recharge.  I experience a lot of anxiety around the holidays – especially around food and people.  My first year in recovery, and every year since,I have retreated to my bedroom for a while after dinner to recharge.  Yes, I felt guilty for stepping away from the festivities, and, when I came back to the party, I had the energy to make up for my brief absence. We can be better company by being better to our needs.

Eat the Food – It has become a country-wide, diet culture tradition to “save space for the big feast” by restricting the day of the holiday/ holiday party.  Do not fall for this diet culture tradition.  We in eating disorder recovery are prescribed a meal plan.  Recovery does not take a holiday and neither do our meal plans.  Each year I am empowered by knowing that I am not feeding into the diet culture and staying strong in my recovery.  We are not diet culture slaves, we are Recovery Warriors!

Use Your Skills – We did not basically earn degrees in recovery by not putting our skills into practice.  Radically accept that our holidays look different than those who are not in recovery.  (Radically accept that our holidays this year look different in general).  Let those harmful comments float past you like leaves on a stream.  Practice mindfulness – go for a walk, hang out with the kids, and eat mindfully.  Use your five senses to self soothe. Use DBT skills for support in the moment when we are struggling or to make the moment more manageable”. ACCEPTS and IMPROVE to destress.  PLEASE emotionally regulate. DEAR MAN, GIVE, and FAST to make the most interpersonal effectiveness.   Trust me when I say, these skills are your most treasured holiday gifts.

Remember to:

-Stay grateful

-Set and keep boundaries

-Identify a recovery ally

-Meet yourself where you are at

-Reach out for support

-Stay safe

-Keep moving forward!

Sending love and hope this Holiday Season.