Information will change as we continue to learn more and adapt to the information we are receiving about COVID-19. I want you to know that client care is, and has been our top priority. Following state and CDC guidelines, our office will stay open normal hours as we try to maintain routines as best as possible. Anxiety and stress often have a negative effect on people's mental health. Substance abuse issues can be amplified during these periods of time. This is why substance use disorder treatment centers were among the first services included as necessary and important to maintain public health and safety. The governor recently signed orders which will likely change restrictions on how we provide care. The hope is this will help facilities to better provide care for those in high risk and/or for those caring for those in high risk.
Mortality rates associated with substance continues to climb. The CDC indicates nearly 70,000 deaths due to drug overdoses in 2018. That is nearly 200 people a day. That figure had doubled in the 10 years prior to 2018. There are also many deaths caused or aided by complications of continued use that are not included in these numbers. It is because of the serious nature of the disorders we treat that we will remain open. Now is not the time to stop providing services to people who need them. We can and will slow the spread of COVID-19 through CDC, Minnesota Department of Health and our licensing guidelines while continuing to provide care.
If a client or if the client is caring for someone in high risk we ask that you inform us of this information from the start. Steps will be taken in order to ensure clients are getting required services in the most appropriate manner. This policy will be adapted as the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) decides best practices.
At this point our groups have no size limit, however, as most of you know we do not generally have groups larger than 10. Our facility has been cleaned according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines; we have hand sanitizer available and will be disinfecting before and after each group session. We ask that you please continue to wash hands, avoid contact with those showing symptoms and practice social distancing while in public.
Panic and fear spread quickly. We hope to offer you some peace and comfort during these trying times. There will also be those who are going to attempt to take advantage of others in this time of crisis. Be careful to ensure your compliance through information from official sources and to protect against those who may take advantage.
At Lone Wolf Recovery we will continue to provide you with additional information on stress reduction techniques and self-care during times of crisis. Our group sessions will be focusing on coping skills, education on official information as it develops and education on maintaining abstinence during crisis, as well as helping you find resources and planning for the future.