Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at The Camp Recovery Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at The Camp Recovery Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Heroin Relapse Prevention & Recovery

About Relapse

About Heroin Abuse Relapse

Heroin addiction is a devastating and potentially deadly disorder. Anyone who demonstrates the courage, strength, and conviction that is necessary to get help and overcome heroin addiction has made a tremendous accomplishment, and is worthy of respect and admiration.

Unfortunately, the reality of heroin addiction is that overcoming this disorder does not mean that a person is cured. Instead, success over heroin addiction is an ongoing process of managing symptoms, identifying pitfalls, and putting in the hard day-by-day work of remaining in recovery.

Effective heroin addiction treatment programs understand that receiving professional care is just one step along the long path of heroin recovery, and will work to help individuals develop the skills and strategies that will help them to resist relapse and protect their sobriety.

When an individual completes treatment, it is important that he or she practices these skills, employs these strategies, and puts the other relapse-prevention lessons that he or she has learned to use on a daily basis. In recovery, being proactive is essential. Waiting until a crisis occurs can jeopardize a person’s recovery and put his or her continued wellbeing at risk.

Why It Happens

Reasons Why People Relapse

Two fundamental skills for effective relapse prevention are understanding the concept of a trigger and identifying the experiences and events that can push an individual to resume the abuse of heroin.

Relapses can be caused, or triggered, by a myriad of factors, often acting in combination to overwhelm the recovering individual’s ability to stay sober. In the same manner that a person’s risk for developing a heroin addiction in the first place can be influenced by various genetic and environmental issues, so, too, can the likelihood that he or she will remain in recovery be increased or decreased by a wide range of internal and external considerations.

The following are just a few of the many events and experiences that can trigger a heroin relapse:

  • Intense physiological cravings for heroin
  • Unexpected and/or overwhelming stress
  • Attending an event at which heroin is available, or seeing other people abuse heroin
  • Encountering individuals with whom one previously engaged in heroin abuse
  • Job loss, unemployment, and/or other career or financial setbacks
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders, including ,but not limited to, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma, loss, and grief
  • Overconfidence
  • Boredom
  • Diminished self-esteem

As the list above demonstrates, potential triggers can include both major life events, such as the death of a loved one, and apparently minor experiences, such as boredom. In many cases, it is the cumulative effect of both major and minor experiences that overwhelms a person’s ability to resist relapse. This underscores the importance of practicing healthy relapse-prevention skills on a daily basis instead of waiting until one realizes that he or she is on the precipice of relapse.


How to Prevent Relapse

As is also the case when initially overcoming addiction, preventing relapse is a matter of dedication, effort, and ongoing vigilance. The following are a few of the many activities that a person can incorporate into his or her life to increase his or her ability to remain in recovery from heroin addiction:

  • When selecting an addiction treatment program, if at all possible choose one that includes a thorough discharge planning process. Be sure to collaborate with your treatment team to ensure that your discharge plan addresses your unique strengths, needs, and goals.
  • If your program offers alumni services, aftercare options, or other ongoing support opportunities, participate in such offerings to the greatest degree that you can.
  • Get involved with a 12-Step group or other recovery support organization.  Developing strong ties within the recovery community will help you to remain focused and accountable.
  • Find healthy and productive ways to fill the time that you previously spent abusing heroin. Get a hobby, take up a sport, volunteer, or find other positive ways to channel your energy and eliminate boredom.
  • Practice self-care and use your stress-management skills every day. Meditation, yoga, journaling, mindfulness, and related efforts yield the most benefits when they are integrated into your daily life.
  • Get a personal support network. Recruit a small group of close friends and/or trusted family members to help monitor your progress and provide support.
  • Do not be ashamed to get professional help if and when you need such services. From scheduling a session with a therapist to re-enrolling in a treatment program, get the type and level of help that can help you remain in recovery or respond in a healthy manner from a relapse.

To learn more getting treatment for heroin addiction, preventing relapse, or recovering from setbacks in recovery, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to helping you determine if The Camp is the perfect place for you or your loved one.

My heroin addiction was out of control. Each day was an uphill battle against unrelenting jonesing. The Camp helped me detox and gave me a chance at a new beginning. Now I live an amazing life and I know that I couldn't have done it without the amazing treatment from The Camp.

– Philip J.
Marks of Quality Care
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • The Jason Foundation