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


Mothers on Edge

“I can’t do this anymore. 

I am mommied out.  

There’s no way I can cope with all of this.  

Have any mothers among us not said or thought these words? They’re usually followed by the guilt and possible shame of not doing enough for our families. Because we can never do enough, right?  

Last on any to-do list is us.  

Stressors we experience every daytime demands (there’s never enough time); finances and bills; relationship pressures; and the self-doubt and questioning of “am I doing this right?” coupled with the organic nurturing and protective instincts of motherhood. These can create an internal storm that demands relief.  

Depression and anxiety are our roommates. There may be a talking head, like me, telling you that you need to make time for yourself. Yeah, OK, where and when? And who will take care of my kids while I take a bubble bath? 

So we may start to cope by turning to what we think is a perfectly logical “fix-it through alcoholrecreational substances, gambling, eating, or other forms of stress relief or comfort.  

We may link relaxation to a glass of winemaking a bet, or eating two pizzas. It feels good for a moment — in fact, several moments. Then we find ourselves progressively dependent on that relief.  

Addiction occurs more rapidly with women than men because of our biological makeup. It stinks, but its true.  

Then we come up for air and realize that the relief has become a problem that has consequences. The stressors that we sought relief from  the demands of parenting, money, relationships, work, and our self-esteem — are strained or totally unmanageable. We are more anxious and depressed because now we are sick from what we thought was the solution to our problems. 

We think, “I just wanted to get away for a little while. Escape and forget. 

You are not alone in wanting relief. When it becomes a problem, you can find help. You can turn your own nurturing and protective instincts in on yourself and find healthier coping solutions. This is not a hopeless situation, and you have more power than you think.  

Only you know or suspect you may have a problem. Ask yourself a few questions in private and see what you find. You are worth the time and so much more. 

To take the self-test for identifying alcoholism and addiction developed by Johns Hopkins University, click here.

For more information about the treatment Timberline Knolls provides for women who are struggling with substance use disorders, please visit 


About Cynthia A Bill, LCSW, CRADC, CCTP-II

Cindy Bill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, addictions, and trauma professional.  She came to the helping profession from a long career in the petroleum industry.  She has worked in a variety of social service settings and populations; homeless prevention, domestic violence/sexual assault, veterans and their families, addictions treatment/recovery.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Master of Social Work-Addictions Specialization from Aurora University.  Cindy and her husband live in the Chicago area and navigate life with children, careers, and a life of gratitude one-day-at-a-time.  She a practice philosophy, “there is always hope and help”.

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