As many of us have remained focused on COVID-19 and the effects of being cooped up at home have done to us there is one issue that needs more attention, addiction treatment. Most of us worry about toilet paper and getting enough food to eat as the grocery stores run out but those who are most vulnerable during this time are the addicted and/or recovering.
The meetings and therapy have moved online and the parties have ceased. As a result, many people feel isolated and alone. Not having someone to sit with and talk to can take a toll on your mental health, but it can also increase your cravings and desire as there is nothing else to fill the time with.
“Last night I almost died again. I may have to wait 2-3 weeks to get into rehab. I’m fortunate to have the folks from Groundsworks willing to find ways to help me through this waiting period, but the nagging urge, the beast inside that sits waiting for a moment of weakness could kill me before I am able to get in.”– Nick Luoma
Without being able to meet up with friends or the same people you usually do drugs, the addicted are finding new dealers and using alone. This leaves them more vulnerable to overdose and die.
“For somebody in the throes of an addiction or has the predisposition to find themselves in an addiction, Covid-19 brought all those things we don’t like to see. Isolation, fear, anxiety on top of which we have seen systems basically shut down for very good reason.”– Jackie Corbally
Vermont was starting to see efforts on their fight against drug addiction pay off when drug-related deaths decreased in 2019. This was the first time Vermont had seen a decrease since 2014. Unfortunately, since COVID-19 shut down most business for work and entertainment, the incline has begun again. It is estimated that not just in Vermont, but across the United States overdose has increased 30-40% during the pandemic. In many states, we may never know the true statistics for drug-related overdoses as fewer autopsies are being performed due to COVID-19.
“I think – and I hope I’m wrong – I think we’re going to continue to see an uptick as we come out of this pandemic and systems go back to as normal as possible. Because of compounding social issues like homelessness, job losses and people’s mental health amid sustained stress related to the pandemic, it’s possible more people will turn to substances.”– Jackie Corbally
Rather than continue to let the addicted suffer or leave the recovering open to relapse, there are still quality addiction treatment centers open and willing to help during this vulnerable time.
Vermont Implements Peer Recovery
When you are in the throes of addiction and seeking support or you are recovering and concerned about a relapse, it is easier to talk with someone who understands what you are going through. Someone who has walked in your shoes and can discuss how great recovery is and how to help you get there.
Vermont has implemented peer recovery for this reason. Although, it is not a requirement to be in recovery, the majority of peer recovery coaches are. Vermont is training these peer recovery coaches and recovery support workers for 30 hours on subjects of “ethical boundaries, mental health issues, medications that assist in recovery, and how to find resources for clients.”
Having more people trained to assist in the war against drugs will only help further assist those with addiction. Vermont seems to be the first state to train people to “become agents of change”.
Traveling for Addiction Treatment
When searching for Addiction Treatment it can seem scary to pack up and move to a new location, but oftentimes that is the best choice. When you are willing to travel for addiction treatment, you are not limiting yourself to what is available in your immediate area which may not be much. You are also not forcing yourself to settle for a program that isn’t the best fit for you.
Removing yourself from all the people you know helps you to get a truly fresh start. You won’t likely be attending rehab with someone you know so you can be 100% honest with everyone and yourself. You are also removed from any triggers you have back home. Traveling for addiction treatment may not be the best choice for everyone, but it is definitely worth taking a look. Your insurance company may cover the costs for you to travel as well, so it is definitely something you should consider.
The Best Drug Rehabs in Vermont
Helping you find the best drug rehab for you, or a loved one is our goal. Please review the addiction treatment centers below to see which one could be the best fit for you. Here are those considered to be the best.*
*The addiction treatment centers listed here are not in any particular order, as an excellent facility for one addicted individual may not provide what is truly required for another. The centers are numbered, but that is solely for ease of future reference. The numbering in no way indicates or even implies any kind of ranking of the addiction treatment centers featured in this article.
Treatment Associates provide medication-assisted therapy (MAT) using prescription Buprenorphine products. Their program consists of medication management, group and individual therapy, and accountability requirements (urine screens and medication counts). Treatment Associates also provides DUI license reinstatement counseling, couples and family sessions, and intensive outpatient therapy. Their services are provided in a five-tiered phase system to determine the level of a care each person needs and receives.
There are 12 Turning Point centers throughout Vermont to provide you the options you need and provide the best services for you. Upper Valley Turning Point focuses on peer support 7 days a week. There are many recovery group meetings provided at Upper Valley Turning Point, so you can find the best group for you. Some meeting groups include alcoholics anonymous, al-anon, all recovery group, overeaters anonymous, wit’s end, yoga, writing, and meditation.
BAART provides medication-assisted treatment and counseling sessions. They also provide group counseling sessions for mindfulness, parenting, relapse prevention, and separate men’s and women’s groups. BAART program provides peer support (recovery coaches) weekly to support their patients.
SaVida Health provides opioid and alcohol addiction treatment to the whole person by providing evidence-based medication-assisted treatment with therapeutic recovery services. If you have a specific question, you can check out their FAQ or reach out to them directly.
5. Valley Vista
Valley Vista provides gender-specific programs for both men and women separately. They have a care specialist and trained recovery specialist available 24/7 to provide the support and attention their residents need. Some of the extra support provided are anger management, art therapies, music therapy, yoga, specialized dietary services, aftercare, and more. If you are interested in learning more about Valley Vista, their admissions process, the first 24 hours, a typical day in treatment, or what to bring you can check that all out here.
“Covered Bridge is a Christian recovery ministry dedicated to providing support for men struggling with life-controlling issues.” Covered Bridge provides a phased program to allow maximum support throughout the recovery process. Their program is broken down into The Learning Phase, Change, Preparation, Transition, and After Care Phase. They provide an example day so you can know what to expect at Covered Bridge.