Finding Support During Outpatient Treatment in a Pandemic

Apr 14, 2021


Finding Support During Outpatient Treatment in a Pandemic

The pandemic has brought another challenge to the table when it comes to outpatient treatment at Many experts refer to the pandemic as a “national relapse trigger,” as meetings and support networks are challenged in a world of social distancing. The Spring of 2020 was difficult for all of us and for treatment centers all over the nation. In Cleveland last year, one group told each other, “See you next Monday,” and the Monday never came. We’ve been feeling that too. Even so, it’s not impossible to find support during outpatient treatment in a pandemic.

Finding Support During Outpatient Treatment in a Pandemic

What is Outpatient Treatment?

Inpatient treatment is a residential program that can last 28 days or more, where the focus every day is treatment and support. In outpatient treatment, the focus is the same but offers more freedom of movement. Outpatient treatment can occur on its own, or it can be the steps taken after inpatient treatment.

In some cases, outpatient treatment can last a dozen or so hours weekly, and in others, a few weekly meetings are all that is needed. The biggest advantage of outpatient treatment for you is the freedom of movement. You get the freedom to spend more time with your family and friends and your support system while living a normal life and routine.

Outpatient treatment might last a few weeks or a few months, or it could continue your whole life. It’s an important part of your recovery. In the pandemic world, there are many challenges that could trigger the relapse you are working so hard to avoid. We are here for you every step of the way.

Outpatient Social Support During a Pandemic

It may seem like you have fewer freedoms than what you would normally experience during outpatient treatment, but we are all feeling that way. It’s important for you to keep a normal routine and normal schedule as much as you can during lockdown or post-lockdown restrictions.

Make Zoom parties, talk on the phone, and use social media to connect to the people that you love as much as you can. No, it’s not the same. But it is better than being alone and wondering if you are going to make it.

The best way to maintain your wellness routine is to keep to a routine and stick to it. Have backup plans for your backup plans. Make a daily, weekly, or even monthly schedule if you are at all uncertain about what lies ahead. Whatever questions or fears you might have, write them down, and then plan a backup plan into your calendar. For example, “What do I do when I am feeling lonely and can’t go to group?” Schedule the solution: Call Lucy when you need a good laugh.”

You are not alone. Treatment centers are here to help. At continuing care centers, the teams are as committed to your success as you are. If you feel a relapse trigger is on the horizon, just give one a call.

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