By Robert Lien, MHA
Over the last few months the COVID-19 Coronavirus has caused millions of people around the world to drastically change their lifestyles. Governments have issued stay-at-home orders causing businesses to shut down and people to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus. As the shutdowns of business and schools continue, more people than ever before are struggling with an increase in stress, anxiety, fear, depression and the use of drugs and alcohol. As a result of these drastic changes in lifestyle and financial income people have been forced to make decisions that they have never had to before, including where to get support.
The lack of interaction face to face with other people and the ability to travel freely is a key factor that affects the very core of human existence. We need to interact with each other, learn from each other, communicate with each other, laugh and cry with each other. Taking away that support system has caused people to lose the ability to relax, unwind and get the feedback they are used to in dealing with daily life issues. While many people have found ways to communicate using technology it is still a challenge adapting to this new lifestyle and is not quite the same experience as physically being near another person.
Finding online or professional support during COVID-19 Coronavirus is something that many people have never done before. Support may include reaching out for financial help, child care assistance, help to put food on the table as well as counseling or support groups for mental health and addiction treatment programs. Utilizing support groups to connect with people is easier than you may think and your insurance may actually help pay the cost. The benefits of participating in a support group or treatment program are numerous and connecting with other people provides an environment where people no longer feel alone. An outpatient treatment program can provide a safe environment for people to speak freely without the fear of shame or guilt from friends or family. Outpatient support groups are also a place where clinicians can provide tools and tips on how to better manage daily life.
As the COVID-19 Coronavirus shutdowns continue it may seem like an overwhelming task to find a therapist in Los Angeles. Most people have never considered going to an outpatient treatment program in Los Angeles, regardless, help may be more accessible than ever before. Over the last few months telemedicine or online therapy programs have become a great resource to fit into any schedule. Outpatient treatment online can include multiple group therapy sessions during the week along with individual therapy from the convenience of your home. There are also options to participate in online outpatient treatment (IOP) programs in the evening. Evening IOP online allows people to participate from home without disrupting their daytime schedule.
Getting help for conditions like anxiety, depression along with the overuse of drugs and alcohol should not be looked at as a punishment or something to be ashamed of. Even the highest functioning athlete relies on and benefits from a conditioning trainer, nutritionist, coach etc… so why not take the time now to get a support system to help you find the freedom to be your best self. Call CAST Centers Admission Department today at 866-283-9885 to discuss outpatient treatment options offered at our facility in West Hollywood, California in person or online. We are happy to discuss how your Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna PPO, Aetna PPO or United Healthcare PPO insurance can help with the cost of outpatient treatment.