This CTV News story is about the rising need for residential addiction treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic and the residential programs currently available at Bellwood Health Services in Toronto. They interview Cara Vaccarino, Chief Operating Officer of Edgewood Health Network, and Matt Kieselstein, a former residential patient at Bellwood Health Services.
CCSA is excited to be hosting this webinar today during recovery month and we’re doing this together with EHN Canada, and the New Start Foundation for addiction and mental health. Surfing the second wave and maintaining service access during COVID-19 pandemic. CCSA has been involved in recovery month activities across the country for at least five years now. The topic of service access is important to us, especially today and it’s timely when we look at what’s happening across our country. As the people we serve face increased challenges on their journeys to wellness, it’s through events, such as these that we can all bring about some change, big or small.
Returning to work during a pandemic can involve high levels of stress and potential adverse mental health consequences. However, both employees and employers can take actions to mitigate the difficulties of returning to the workplace during COVID-19. Furthermore, everyone can take steps to maintain their good mental health during these challenging times.
Nowhere in 12 Step programs does it say, “stay alone with your disease,” nor does it say “be distant from others.”
No doctor would suggest isolating in recovery. No physician, psychiatrist, no treatment centre. In fact, the idea of isolation runs contrary to pretty much every suggested modality of treatment for addiction.
Welcome to the reality of Spring 2020.