Treatment center broadens support to help those with mood disorders, including coronavirus-related anxiety and depression

Canaan, CT – For many Americans, the coronavirus has turned the world upside-down, clearing out typically crowded gathering spaces and filling up hospital beds across the nation. This widespread upheaval can overshadow existing issues, such as addiction. While substance use disorders may now unfold more frequently behind closed doors, the issue is not disappearing. To “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus while continuing to support those with substance use and mental health disorders, Mountainside treatment center is now offering a telehealth option for its Outpatient Services and Recovery Coaching programs across Connecticut and New York.

Practicing social distancing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presents a new set of concerns for those struggling with addiction, many of whom depend on regular, in-person interactions with a therapist, recovery coach, or other members of a support network to reinforce their commitment to sobriety. By introducing telehealth services such as videoconferencing and wireless communications, Mountainside is deepening its commitment to its clients and expanding access to vital treatment offerings without requiring clients to leave the safety of their homes.

“Our Outpatient Services are now 100 percent digital but remain 100 percent warm, compassionate, and human. We’re proud to leverage these technologies to provide a sense of comfort and normalcy during moments of uncertainty. While we may not always be face-to-face with our clients, we stand side-by-side with them,” says Andre Basso, Chief Operating Officer at Mountainside.

The treatment center additionally announced that its Connecticut facilities will now temporarily provide aid to individuals with mood disorders – including those who are not struggling with addiction. This means that family members of addicted individuals as well as community members struggling with anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other mental health concerns can meet virtually with credentialed counselors to work through challenges as they arise.

“Connections are an essential component of the human experience, and isolation – despite being necessary in the short term – can have a negative impact on anyone’s mental health over time,” says Basso. “We recognize that the need to communicate with others is more important than ever and encourage community members in need to reach out for assistance. Though many are confined to their homes, they do not have to feel emotionally trapped.”

To learn more about Mountainside’s telehealth services, visit https://mountainside.com/programs/outpatient-services. The treatment center has also implemented ongoing Virtual Recovery Support Meetings to give individuals an outlet to share their concerns with peers and gain helpful advice from those who understand well what they are experiencing. For general information about virtual support available at Mountainside, visit https://mountainside.com/about-us/events/virtual-support-groups

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Mountainside Treatment Center

Mountainside is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of its drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. Our Integrative Care Model provides a comprehensive set of treatment and care offerings coordinated by a multidisciplinary treatment team to best fit the unique needs and interests of each client. We are lauded for our ability to partner with each client and the client’s family and healthcare professionals in developing and executing individualized treatment plans that promote long-term sobriety. Learn more about Mountainside at mountainside.com.