Addiction cannot be quarantined. Amidst the global pandemic that we all are facing a lot of people are wondering whether or not individuals and families will still be able to access treatment for substance use. In fact, in some cases the demand for addiction and recovery services has grown. This is because addiction thrives in instances where individuals are isolated, lack support systems, experience heavy burdens of stress and struggle to cope with great change.
With our current crisis and a global state of emergency, those suffering from substance use and addiction challenges are at a heightened risk. Here at Cedars, we are open and fully prepared to help patients who feel now is the time to seek assistance. As other treatment centres across the country are closing, Cedars is leaning in and doubling our efforts to ensure the health and safety of the communities we serve.
We have put new, extraordinary measures in place so that we were able to support those in need, while following Health Canada’s recommendations for social distancing, quarantine, isolation, hygiene and sanitation. We are proud to say we remain healthy with no cases of COVID-19 among our staff or patients. However, we will not be complacent. We are going even further to remain open, safe and effective. This includes:
- Enhanced social distancing measures, including addressing high traffic areas such as the lecture hall, dining hall, and common rooms, encouraging patients and staff to maintain a 2 meter distance at all times.
- One-on-one care, away from the group for any patients who might be exhibiting symptoms.
- Enhance assessment and screening protocols at admission to ensure a safe and healthy patient community.
- Limited entry and enhanced screenings for anyone arriving on the Cedars site.
- Private and secure door-to-door transportation for new patients, with staff supervision to assist with detox or overdose if required.>
- New virtual services to support our alumni and families.
Read more about our new measures and response on our COVID-19 Response page.
We are on the front-lines of two public health emergencies, an overdose crisis and the COVID-19 outbreak. It is important that we address the healthcare needs of everyone who needs us at this time. Cedars has a long and respected history of treating addiction. If you or anyone you know is suffering, especially because of the new challenges we all are facing, please do not hesitate to reach out. Life in the cycle of addiction, especially right now, can be incredibly scary and dangerous. Cedars could be one of the absolute safest places to be at this time. We are here to help!