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

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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 Life Center of Galax 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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Life Center of Galax.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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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Typical Day at Life Center of Galax

Typical Day

What is a typical day during addiction treatment at Life Center of Galax?

A typical day at our residential addiction treatment center begins at 7 a.m. as patients wake up and head to the dining hall for a healthy breakfast. After meetings with our medical team and 24-hour nursing staff, patients spend the day in a variety of individual and group therapy sessions and recovery lectures to help them address the issues underlying their addictive behavior.

In between therapy sessions and lectures, patients have a few minutes of free time to relax on our front porch, take a smoking break, socialize under our gazebo, read, journal and work on therapy assignments. Patients gather for a relaxing, family style dinner around 5 p.m.

After dinner, patients may participate in a group-building exercise before heading to a 12-Step group or AA/NA meeting. Residents at the Life Center learn about the 12 Steps, connect with a sponsor and attend a meeting a day as part of their program of recovery.

One of the benefits of small-town living is that we have a strong recovery community in the surrounding area with a number of people who are invested in the success of our patients. These caring individuals have been in recovery for many years and come to the Life Center to offer strength and hope to our patients.

Family visitors are welcome on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and patients who meet certain criteria may go out on “family passes” to restaurants, shopping and movies to spend quality time with their families. Around 11 p.m. each night, the lights go out as patients rest up for another day of recovery activities.

Meeting & Lectures

Meetings & lectures offered during addiction treatment

At this meeting, residents may express any concerns they have about daily life at the Life Center of Galax, including social, staff, logistical and maintenance issues. This is also a time for the staff to graduate patients who are completing treatment that day. Graduates have a chance to address the community with words of thanks and encouragement as the group forms a circle around them and sings “Hit the Road Jack.”

Our counselors lead interactive lectures on topics such as irrational fears, preventing self-sabotage, addictive thought and behavior patterns, stress management, grief, the disease of addiction, and the importance of AA/NA. On Wednesdays, patients attend daylong seminars on relapse, triggers and cravings, family dynamics, anger and other issues.

Study Assignments
Our counselors assign therapeutic assignments to each patient depending on their unique needs and goals. Examples of assignments include writing an autobiography and drug use history, grief letters, resentment letters, relapse prevention plans, and triggers and cravings management plans. Patients present their assignments during home group to receive feedback and support from their therapists and peers.

Therapy Groups

Therapy groups offered during addiction treatment

Home Group
Each counselor meets with their core group of patients to share feelings and discuss the issues underlying their drug or alcohol abuse. In this family-like setting, patients can openly and honestly share their struggles and triumphs with one another.

Family Group
We strongly encourage families to get involved in their loved one’s recovery. Prior to weekend family visits, patients and their families participate in family group. During this group session, our counselors educate families about the disease of addiction and help them address issues like enabling, codependency, communication and trust.

Alternative Group
Patients who do not have visitors on the weekend participate in alternative group. During this group session, residents discuss any struggles they encountered during the week and identify issues they need to work on the following week.

Gender Groups
Three times a week, men and women meet in gender-specific groups. In this secure environment, patients are able to explore more sensitive, personal issues. Women’s groups often address issues like trauma, abuse and self-image, while men’s groups frequently focus on anger management and expressing emotions.

Flex Group
In this group, patients process what they learned during lecture that day and have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback from our counselors.

Alumni Group
Individuals who completed treatment at the Life Center of Galax are joined by people in recovery who live in the community to discuss accountability, relapse, cravings and other issues and to get ongoing education, support and feedback from others in recovery.

12-Step Group
We host an AA/NA meeting at the Life Center every evening. Some of these are speaker meetings led by people who have been in recovery for many years and live in the local area. Individuals in recovery share their experience, strength and hope, which gives our patients new insights and shows them the potential for a brighter future.

It’s certainly not going to always be easy, but you’ll get the best support you need in getting healthy again.

– Becky
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