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

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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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More Young Women Developing Alcoholic Liver Disease

With the added stress, grief, and, at times, boredom that has come from the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol and drug use has spiked. We’re starting to see the dangerous effects of increased alcohol use, particularly in women, as more and more young women are being diagnosed with alcoholic liver disease.

While liver disease still affects more men than women, younger women seem to be driving the spike in deaths that has occurred since the start of the pandemic. The disease that used to almost exclusively affect middle-aged individuals is now seen in those in their late 20s and early 30s.

So why are women now at such a high risk for liver disease? There are a number of factors that may be contributing to this several-year trend.

Coping with Past Trauma

Coping with unresolved trauma is one reason why many individuals drink excessively. Women are more likely than men to experience certain traumas that might lead to an increased risk for alcoholism.

For example, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the leading cause of PTSD in substance-using women is physical and sexual trauma. Physical and sexual trauma is more common in women than men, putting them at an increased risk for developing mental health concerns and co-occurring substance use disorders that can lead to liver disease.

To effectively treat alcohol use disorder in women and avoid negative consequences like liver disease, treatment should address past trauma as well.

Pressure During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased alcohol use across many populations. However, those under the most pressure during the pandemic might be essential workers.

One in 3 jobs held by women fall under the essential category, while 28% of jobs held by men are deemed essential. Women make up more than 75% of workers in essential jobs like social work and healthcare. Two-thirds of workers at grocery store checkouts and fast-food counters are also women.

Many of these essential workers are underpaid and underappreciated. When going to your job means putting your life and your family’s lives at risk, immense stress is to be expected. One way many are dealing with the stress is by drinking.

Increased Risk for Eating Disorders

Many of those who develop a substance use disorder suffer from another mental health disorder like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder.

When it comes to eating disorders, women make up virtually 90% of cases. One study that followed the rates of eating disorders among women who were struggling with alcohol use disorder found that 30% had a history of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, or binge-eating disorder.

Like alcohol use, eating disorders have been on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic. This can be attributed to factors like excess stress, isolation, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, changes in activity levels, and an increase in screen time.

Eating disorder symptoms can affect women at any age but appear to be the most severe in their teens and early 20s. This is the same age range when many women begin drinking and are at a higher risk for developing a substance use disorder.

How Alcohol Affects Women

Alcohol affects women differently than men because women typically have a lower body weight, less body water, and higher body fat. Because women metabolize alcohol more slowly, the effects last longer.

Women have shown to develop alcohol use disorder at lower levels of consumption when compared with men. Therefore, experts recommend that women have three or fewer drinks per day and no more than seven drinks per week to maintain low-risk consumption. However, low risk does not mean no risk, and the less alcohol consumed, the better.

Alcoholic liver disease can go unnoticed for years. The following are symptoms of alcohol use disorder:

  • Hiding or lying about alcohol use
  • Relying on alcohol to feel happy or deal with stress
  • Using alcohol to wake up or fall asleep
  • Trying and failing to stop or reduce alcohol use
  • Feeling anxious if you can’t drink alcohol

If you are struggling with a substance use disorder or co-occurring mental health concern, help is available.