Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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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Tips for Maintaining Recovery in Uncertain Times

Stress and isolation are risk factors for addiction. These experiences can also undermine a person’s efforts to remain in recovery after they’ve received treatment for a substance use disorder.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact families and communities throughout the nation, almost everyone is dealing with elevated stress levels and a sense of being isolated from loved ones. For those in recovery, these challenges can be especially problematic.

The good news is that neither isolation nor stress are insurmountable obstacles. Even in these extremely difficult days, you can avoid isolation, manage your stress in a healthy manner, and remain on the path to successful long-term recovery.

Avoiding Isolation

One of the most effective ways to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus is to maintain a physical distance of six feet or more from most people. When implemented, this strategy has proved to be extremely beneficial.

Unfortunately, this concept is commonly referred to by the less-than-ideal name of “social distancing.”

There is no doubt that physical proximity can be an important component of our social well-being. But there is a significant difference between being physically separated and being socially isolated.

Thankfully, we have a wealth of tools at our disposal for staying in touch with others when we can’t be in the same room. Phone calls, emails, text messages, video chat, and online meetings are among the many ways we can remain in contact with important people in our lives without putting their or our health at risk.

If you can’t attend a 12-Step meeting or other support group session in person, you can find an online option. If you can’t attend in-person appointments with your counselor or therapist, you may be able to take part in a phone or online session.

And, of course, you can continue to stay in touch with the members of your personal support network via all these options.

Isolation can quickly undermine your ability to remain in recovery. But technology has given us myriad ways to overcome isolation, even when we are physically alone. The people who care about you are never more than a phone call or mouse click away.

Managing Stress

 When you’re in recovery, you learn two important lessons about control:

  • You can’t control what happens around you or even to you.
  • You can control how you respond to these events and experiences.

The pandemic has put these lessons in stark relief. Government restrictions and health concerns have impacted where we can go and what we can do. They’ve altered how we work, or even if we still have jobs. And, as discussed in the previous section, they’ve significantly affected how we interact with important people in our lives.

Change can always be stressful. When that change involves uncertainty, the stress can become exponentially stronger. But regardless of what’s going on in the world around you, you remain in control of how you respond.

One of the healthiest responses you can make is to take appropriate action to manage your stress. For example, adapting your communication strategy is an ideal example of how you can exert control in a way that eases your stress levels.

In a publication titled “Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak,” the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offered additional tips for responding to stress in a healthy manner:

  • Explore relaxation techniques for your body and mind. Find the ones that work for you. Examples include taking deep breaths, meditating, praying, stretching, or engaging in other activities you find pleasurable.
  • When possible, give yourself time between difficult projects or stressful activities. Taking a moment to engage in one of your relaxation techniques or otherwise reward yourself after a challenging task can be extremely beneficial.
  • Talk to someone about your feelings. A close friend, a trusted family member, a participant in a support group you attend, or a professional can all be excellent choices. As with relaxation techniques, choose the person who’s best for you.
  • Keep a journal. Writing down your thoughts, fears, hopes, and expectations can be a great way to process your feelings and gain a new perspective on what’s been on your mind. When you’re journaling, remember to take a moment to note the people, events, or experiences for which you’re grateful.

Getting Help

 The common thread among all advice for avoiding isolation and managing stress is the acknowledgement that none of us are alone and that help is available. There is no shame in struggling, and you should never feel guilty about asking for help.

When you’re in recovery, getting help can take many forms, from engaging in a quick text message exchange to returning to a treatment facility. As with every aspect of managing your recovery, what’s most important is getting the type and level of help that’s right for you.

During this time of great uncertainty, never lose sight of these irrefutable truths: you are not alone. Help is available. You are stronger than you know. And, most importantly, you are worth the effort.