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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Studies Explore Pandemic’s Impact on Mental Health, Substance Use Among Young Adults

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted virtually all aspects of life in the United States. According to a recent study from researchers at Mayo Clinic, the effects of this ongoing public health crisis include changes in mental well-being and certain types of substance use among young adults.

The study found that alcohol use among young adults increased during the early days of the pandemic, while rates of tobacco use and vaping decreased. Most young adults who used marijuana said that their use had changed, but these changes were split between those who were engaging in this behavior more often and those who were using the drug less often.

The Mayo Clinic researchers also found elevated levels of isolation, anxiety, and depression among some subsets of the young adults who were involved in the study.

About the Study

The Mayo Clinic study was published Oct. 14, 2020, by the peer-reviewed journal Sage Open Medicine. The study analyzed the results of surveys that had been completed by 1,018 young adults ages 18-25.

These surveys were distributed in April 2020. This was the month after the coronavirus pandemic was officially declared a national emergency in the U.S. It was a time when many cities and states had begun to implement stay-at-home orders and encourage social distancing measures.

Of the young adults who completed the surveys, 542 said that their substance use habits had changed. Of this group, 106 respondents were male and 436 were female. This means that 80.4% of the young adults who said that their substance use had changed after the onset of the pandemic were women.

Survey respondents who reported using alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, or vaping products shared the following information about how their behaviors changed in the first weeks of the pandemic:

  • 8% said that they had increased their alcohol use in the past month.
  • 44% said that they had reduced their use of vaping products.
  • 3% said that they had reduced their use of tobacco products.
  • 2% said that they had increased their use of marijuana, while 36% reported decreased marijuana use.

In the discussion section of the study, the authors noted that decreased rates of vaping and tobacco use may have been a result of early public health warnings about the risk of lung damage among people who contracted COVID-19.

Isolation, Depression, & Anxiety

In addition to querying the survey recipients about their substance use, the study’s authors also asked them to assess their mental health and the sense of connection they felt with others. Young adults who had changed their substance use in the past month were more likely to also report that they struggled with isolation, depression, or anxiety.

Among young adults who reported no change in substance use:

  • 9% said that they were struggling with depression.
  • 2% said that they had experienced symptoms of anxiety disorders.
  • 7% said that they felt isolated from others often or some of the time.

Among young adults who reported that their substance use had changed in the past month:

  • 9% said that they were struggling with depression.
  • 1% said that they had experienced symptoms of anxiety disorders.
  • 57% said that they felt isolated from others often or some of the time.

“Studies have shown that young adults often indulge in drinking behavior not only for celebration but also to cope with aversive mood states,” the authors wrote. “The increase in alcohol use by young adults could be related to an attempt to alleviate negative affective states triggered by social strain, as we observed change in substance use tied to increasing degree of loneliness in our population.”

CDC Reports Similar Findings

About two months after the Mayo Clinic researchers conducted their surveys, a group that included members of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 Response Team posed similar questions to thousands of U.S. adults age 18 and older.

From June 24-30, 2020, the CDC-affiliated team collected responses from 5,412 respondents, including 741 young adults ages 18-24. The results of this effort were published in an Aug. 14, 2020, report on the CDC website.

Among the young adults who completed the survey:

  • 9% said that they had experienced at least one adverse mental or behavioral health symptom.
  • 9% said that they were struggling with an anxiety disorder or a depressive disorder.
  • 7% said that they had begun using substances or increased their substance use to cope with pandemic-related stress.
  • 5% said that they had seriously considered suicide in the previous 30 days.

No other age group reported higher levels of anxiety, depression, increased substance use, and suicidal ideation than young adults ages 18-24.

A Continuing Challenge

The authors of both studies called for increased research into the behavioral health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the development of better strategies to address the concerns that are already being reported.

“We need to advance our understanding of how best to support individuals with anxiety, depression, and loneliness during times of social distancing measures,” the Mayo Clinic study’s authors wrote.

The authors of the CDC study were a bit more direct. “Addressing mental health disparities and preparing support systems to mitigate mental health consequences as the pandemic evolves will continue to be needed urgently,” they wrote.