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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Outpatient Drug Rehab Programs in Virginia

At Life Center of Galax, we help individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues build a strong foundation for long-term recovery through a variety of programming options.

A More Flexible Approach to Addiction Treatment

Learn more about the outpatient program at Life Center of Galax

Life Center of Galax in Virginia offers a less intense, more flexible approach to chemical dependency and dual diagnosis treatment through our day support/partial services.

Admission to this level of care follows assessment and evaluation which illustrates the presence of one of the following:

  1. Transition down from inpatient residential treatment to day treatment.
  2. Failure of a lesser level of care, such as outpatient etc.
  3. First-time admission based on assessed need for structure and consistency not available through routine or intensive
    outpatient therapy.

Clients in this program are admitted to our addiction rehab center, assigned a case manager, and assessed through routine protocol used with inpatient treatment.

Patients recommended for admission must demonstrate escalating responsibility for themselves and others, positive engagement in the treatment process, and the potential to develop and/or maintain sober support through family, self-help groups, etc.

Day support does provide for patients to leave our rehab center at the end of the treatment day and return the following morning. All day support clients are asked to sign a sobriety contract, guaranteeing to maintain abstinence, punctuality, and similar responsibilities.

Violation of the contract will prompt a re-evaluation of the patient’s progress and recommendations for the most appropriate level of care.

Therapy includes the following activities each day; community group, didactic lecture and lecture process group, group therapy, leisure activities, step study, AA or NA meetings, and significant event group. Families are included in this rehab process with attendance to the Saturday and Sunday workshops encouraged as well. (Click here for more about family therapy.)

Discharge is determined by patient progress in meeting treatment goals and confirmed by the treatment team. All patients participate in aftercare planning, which may include any or all of the following: outpatient counseling, attendance at self-help groups, entrance to a halfway house, family counseling, EAP counseling, and aftercare group placement.

Family Program

Learn more about the family program offered at Life Center of Galax

We believe chemical dependency is a family illness. As the disease progresses, family members learn to repress feelings and to react with compulsive survival behaviors which reduce personal stress. Each individual within the family system develops their own compulsive survival role and becomes increasingly out-of, touch with reality. Family members and significant others are encouraged to attend the family program each Saturday and Sunday while their loved one is in rehab. Treatment consists of six-hour workshops each day and offers a combination of educational lectures, group therapy, and individual counseling sessions.

The goal at our addiction rehab center is to assist the men and women of Virginia in discovering their individual defense systems and to break through their denial and delusional systems. Group members are also introduced to Al-Anon, Ala-Teen and other self, help groups and encouraged to attend. Clinical staff will attempt to contact patient’s family during first five days of treatment to offer program orientation and gather information for use in the development of the patients’ Master Treatment Plan. Our goal is to empower family and significant others to act on their own behalf in a positive manner, rather than react to the disease of addiction. Creating a healthier, recovering family atmosphere enhances the support systems available to the patient upon discharge. This, in turn, helps build a healthier, more stable environment where individual and family recovery can occur.

Group topics include: Family systems; educational lecture and group exercise; Disease Concept of Addiction lecture; codependency education and group exercise; Family in Recovery lecture and communication group exercise; Expectations of Return; Change in Irrational Thinking; films specializing in family dynamics; and group therapy each afternoon of the rehab program. Those identified in need of more specialized or intensive therapy are referred to outpatient services in their area.

Aftercare Program

Learn more about our aftercare program at Life Center of Galax

Life Center of Galax provides aftercare options to help the transition after rehab.

We believe aftercare and continuing care arrangements are critical to a patient’s ongoing personal recovery.

Every patient who participates in chemical dependency and dual diagnosis rehab at the Life Center is required to complete a personal recovery plan with their case manager.

Plans are individualized and based on the patient’s progress towards meeting the goals and objectives identified on the Master Treatment Plan.

Ongoing involvement in a self-help program is considered essential to continuing recovery. Involvement in a professionally facilitated aftercare group either at Life Center of Galax in Virginia, or through the individual’s community resources is also emphasized. Individual and family therapy on an outpatient basis is recommended as appropriate. Recommendations are also made for a halfway house or supportive living environment when deemed necessary.

When halfway houses are recommended and the patient is agreeable, placement is secured prior to discharge from Life Center.

Galax's specialty programs allowed me to receive an individualized treatment plan that helped me get back on track.

– Oliver
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