Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Life Center of Galax.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Prescription Drug Relapse Prevention & Recovery

Reasons Why People Relapse

Reasons why people relapse back into using prescription drugs

Imagine you have just had a routine surgery. Leaving the hospital with doctor’s orders in hand, you are prescribed a prescription pain killer to help ease the discomfort through the initial healing process. Some individuals fill the prescription, use the substance as directed, and never give it another thought. But for others, even appropriate use of powerfully addictive prescription medications can incite a reliance on these drugs that can spiral into a substance use disorder.

Regardless of what factors led an individual to develop a dependence on prescription drugs, most cannot regain sobriety without the support of professional help. A chemical dependence will eventually affect every part of a person’s life, from productivity at work or school, to the ability to maintain healthy relationships with friends and loved ones. Eventually, feelings of powerlessness can overcome the addicted individual and, at this point, some make the choice to enter a prescription drug addiction treatment program to work towards recovery.

When a person has maintained his or her sobriety for a given length of time, and then falters back into using his or her substance of choice, he or she is considered to have experienced a relapse. While common on the road to recovery, relapses can be misconstrued as evidence that the individual does not truly value his or her sobriety. The truth is that relapses do not signal the end of recovery, and they can occur for a myriad of reasons. Each relapse is as unique as the affected individual, but some known factors exist that are likely to contribute to this type of setback; a few of these factors are briefly described in the following:

  • Unexpected stress or trauma
  • Changes in routine
  • Pressure from individuals who are still using prescription drugs
  • Uncertainty about one’s wish to remain sober, missing parts of one’s old lifestyle
  • Boredom
  • Entering situations or places that may prompt a temptation to use
  • Intense cravings for one’s drug of choice

As one prepares to exit the residential treatment setting, he or she may be concerned about how he or she will navigate situations like those listed above. Ideally one would avoid all situations that could result in cravings, but that is not likely possible. Sometimes situations arise that are impossible to predict, but by having an aftercare plan in place, individuals will have the tools and skills that will help them successfully navigate temptation.

How to Prevent Relapse

How to prevent relapse back into using prescription drugs

The most effective means of relapse prevention is through careful planning and prevention. Quality treatment centers will make aftercare planning a priority throughout the treatment process so that individuals have a clear path to continued care when they prepare to discharge. Even if one has already experienced a relapse, there are ways to prevent an additional relapse from occurring in the future, and one need not give up on his or her goals for long-term sobriety.

Effective aftercare plans must be tailored to the person, but there are some typical recommendations that have been effective for many individuals who are exiting treatment for prescription drug dependence. A few of them are briefly outlined below:

  • As you prepare to leave your treatment center, make sure you are comfortable with the aftercare plan that has been provided to you. Ask questions if anything seems unclear or an improper fit.
  • Practice the coping skills you learned during your time in treatment so that you can rely on them in times of need.
  • Surround yourself with friends and loved ones who have your best interests at heart. They can provide support and accountability when you are experiencing cravings or temptation.
  • Join a support group to benefit from the collective support of other men and women who have also faced the challenge of drug addiction.
  • Create structure in your day. During treatment you likely you had very little idle time, and creating a similar scenario upon returning home will help you avoid boredom and temptation.
  • Avoid any person, place, or situation that you believe could have the potential to sabotage your sobriety.
  • Make your physical health and emotional wellbeing a priority.

By practicing the above suggestions, you will have a strong foundation to remain steadfast in your desire to live a healthy, vibrant life. At Life Center of Galax, we know that aftercare planning is just as important as any other support we offer, and we look forward to speaking with you about all the ways that we can assist the men and women in our care in achieving the sober life they deserve. To learn more about options for care at Life Center of Galax, including our comprehensive discharge planning, we hope that you will contact us today.

This place was wonderful. Galax helped me calm down and realize I didn't need prescription drugs to survive.

– Heather
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