Social distancing is something we all now must embrace during this time of this pandemic. While limiting large gatherings and social interactions are critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19, the practice will have other consequences -- in particular, on recovery from substance abuse. Outpatient treatment programs have begun canceling or closing their doors to reduce the gathering of groups. As a result, we may see a greater demand for the safety at rehab that residential treatment provides. This represents a very tricky trade-off. The nation\u2019s outpatient treatment and medication-assisted treatment programs are already stretched thin. Not only that, but individuals with substance abuse problems who are dealing with weakened respiratory and immune systems are a high-risk population for COVID. The safe option for many people is to \u201cshelter in place\u201d under the supervision of residential treatment medical professionals. Doing so can accelerate wellness and provide a sense of safety at rehab. If you have additional questions or concerns about treatment during the pandemic, do not hesitate to reach out to Lucida Treatment Center at . Different Types Of Treatment At Lucida Treatment Center, we offer many different forms of treatment that best meet your needs. These options include: \tLong-term residential treatment \tShort-term residential treatment \tOutpatient treatment \tIndividual drug counseling \tGroup counseling Nationwide, the United States runs more than 14,500 specialized drug treatment facilities, providing counseling, therapy, medication, and aftercare to promote recovery. Many of these programs require the gathering of groups -- whether for counseling or medication therapy. As a result of the pandemic and social distancing, people with substance abuse challenges must look elsewhere for safety at rehab. Residential treatment beds may become a safe haven. About Residential Drug Treatment Facilities providing residential drug treatment take various forms. Some offer long-term treatment, as in the case of so-called \u201ctherapeutic communities,\u201d where a stay is anywhere from six to 12 months. Patients reside in the facility and receive care 24 hours a day. Other facilities focus on short-term care. These involve intensive periods of treatment over shorter periods -- perhaps three to six weeks. NIDA indicates that short-term residential treatment originated from a desire to treat alcohol substance use disorders but evolved to address drug problems and have expanded over time. Short-term residential treatment typically pairs up with intensive outpatient treatment such as 12-step programs. Currently, about half of the 2 million people each year who seek drug treatment do so through outpatient rehab. Another quarter, or 500,000, entered residential treatment. If outpatient resources dissipate in fear of transmission of COVID-19, it stands to reason that residential treatment beds will be in greater demand. Finding Safety at Rehab More than almost anything else, individuals in recovery need to be able to find safety at rehab. Among the issues that are important to safety from a treatment perspective: \tPrivacy \tSafe harbor from temptations \tNon-judgmental staff and residents \tUnderstanding the environment \tLow stress \tFocused, fear-free environment \tNo risk of self-harm These elements form the basis for recovery, allowing individuals to focus on their treatment plans. Lucida Treatment Center bases those plans on clinically proven and evidence-supported techniques designed to help residents get sober and build a stronger life foundation. Your Next Steps For Recovery COVID-19 has already upended the way we live. The extent of the changes will not be fully apparent for some time. But as someone who faces the difficult process of recovery, it is important to know that the resources available to help you may change as well. Contact Lucida Treatment at to discuss your options for recovery. Even during this difficult time, you can find physical and mental safety at a rehab center like Lucida today.