Updated: Sep 6, 2022
Since the first international reports of the COVID-19 outbreak, most of us could not have foreseen the devastating impact on our country. We are all faced with major challenges, including a way forward to still assist those struggling with a substance abuse disorder.
Treating addiction has not changed. Our program still offers the same value and our treatment philosophies have not been compromised. Apart from the warm welcome, you would usually get when you're admitted, we assure you that we still make an effort to create a home away from home.
What PRC Recovery has been doing before the lockdown?
All groups have been moved to classroom 2 to allow for at least a 1.5m distance between desks.
Circle shares will also allow for distance.
The importance of hygiene was discussed especially coughing and sneezing into the elbow.
Clients will be excused from their activity to wash their hands every hour with soap and water. Unfortunately, hand sanitiser contains alcohol which is prohibited in the facility and only kept in the office area.
All surface areas (dining tables, desks and toilets) are sanitized 3 times a day.
Clients are urged to wipe the gym equipment after use but are also sanitized during the day.
Staff that are not living on the premises are advised to stay indoors as far as possible after hours and avoid stores as far as possible.
Sharing of water bottles and cigarettes is strictly prohibited.
All meetings outside the office have been cancelled.
All new admissions are tested and visitors screened after which safety protocol is followed.
Daily screenings of staff and clients.
What happens during the stricter lockdowns?
No visitors allowed (including staff).
Counselling staff will be remaining on the premises during the lockdown.
Only one staff member has received authorisation to travel for purchasing essential items (if needed) or emergencies.
The client will only be able to leave the premises in case of an emergency to seek medical attention.
Ongoing measures for hygiene and social distancing were implemented.
Measurements going forward?
All new admissions will have to be tested for COVID-19.
Clients will be in an isolation area for a period of 7-days while screened daily.
Rapid Antigen Test will be done on day 7 if no symptoms are recorded.
If a client shows more than 2 symptoms, he/she is immediately isolated and testing will be arranged.
The isolation area will not be shared with new admissions or anyone showing symptoms.
How do we help our clients during isolation?
The client is already facing major emotional turmoil from withdrawal and isolation increases anxiety. We have set up our isolation period so that the client can still continue with sessions, online meetings, morning JFT meetings, etc.
All clients and staff are urged to keep the necessary protocol during their stay, regardless of off-time. Everyone's safety is our number one concern.
How to cope with anxiety during Covid-19?
If you’re struggling with anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic, you’re not alone. Many people are finding it hard to cope with the uncertainty and changes to their daily routine. Here are some tips to help you manage your anxiety during this challenging time.
First, try to stick to a routine as much as possible. Wake up at the same time each day, eat regular meals, and get enough sleep. Exercise can also help to reduce anxiety levels.
Second, stay connected to your friends and family, even if you can’t see them in person. Use technology to stay in touch, whether that’s through video calls, social media, or text messages.
Third, limit your news consumption. Constant exposure to news reports about the pandemic can make anxiety worse. Choose a few trusted sources of information and check them once or twice a day.
Finally, give yourself some time to relax and unwind.
How to deal with anxiety during isolation
If you're feeling anxious during isolation, you're not alone. Here are some tips to help you cope:
Talk to someone you trust about how you're feeling.
Stay active and eat healthy foods.
Avoid alcohol and drugs.
Get enough sleep.
Try relaxing activities like yoga or meditation.
If you're feeling anxious, there are ways to cope. Talking to someone you trust, staying active, and eating healthy foods can help. Avoiding alcohol and drugs, getting enough sleep, and doing relaxing activities like yoga or meditation can also help.
The dangers of drug and alcohol abuse in South Africa?
In South Africa, drug and alcohol abuse is a major problem. According to a recent study, it is estimated that one in every four adults in South Africa is addicted to either drugs or alcohol. This is a staggering statistic, and it is one that should be of great concern to everyone.
Drug and alcohol abuse can lead to a number of serious problems, including health problems, relationship problems, financial problems, and even crime. It is therefore very important to be aware of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and to take steps to avoid it.
How to choose the right rehab centre for you or your loved one?
There are many factors to consider when choosing a rehab centre for you or your loved one. The most important factor is whether the centre specializes in the type of addiction you or your loved one is struggling with. Other important factors to consider include the centre’s location, cost, and treatment philosophy.
To get started, make a list of rehab centres that specialize in treating the type of addiction you or your loved one is struggling with. Then, narrow down your list by considering the other important factors mentioned above. Once you have a few potential rehab centres in mind, reach out to each one and ask any questions you have. Finally, trust your gut and choose the rehab centre that feels right for you or your loved one.