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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 Sunrise Recovery Ranch 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 Sunrise Recovery Ranch.

  • 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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Stress Can Trigger Relapse

Stress Can Trigger Relapse: Learn Ways to Manage Your Stress

If you are in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction, then you are well aware of the possibility of relapse setting your recovery back and possibly leading to disastrous results.  While relapse is not uncommon and doesn’t mean a “failure” it is smart to do whatever you can to try and  prevent a relapse.

A recent study shows that preventing stress may be one of the most important things when it comes to avoiding a drug or alcohol relapse. The study, published in the Journal Addictive Behaviors, found that recovering addicts who don’t know how to effectively cope with stress are more likely to succumb to their drug or alcohol cravings and more likely to relapse.
How you cope with stress can predict if you will experience cravings. The researchers looked at people who worked through their problems and those who avoided them.

“Whether you avoid problems or analyze problems not only makes a big difference in your life but also has a powerful impact on someone who has worked hard to stay away from alcohol and other drugs,” said H. Harrington Cleveland, associate professor of human development, Penn State, in an article on Medical News “When faced with stress, addicts who have more adaptive coping skills appear to have a better chance of staying in recovery.”

People in recovery who avoided their problems were more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope.
“We found that addicts who deal with stress by avoiding it have twice the number of cravings in a stressful day compared to persons who use problem solving strategies to understand and deal with the stress,” Cleveland said. “Avoidance coping appears to undercut a person’s ability to deal with stress and exposes that person to variations in craving that could impact recovery from addiction.”

Whether you are in recovery or not, it is impossible to avoid stress in your life. Instead of avoiding it, try these ways to manage stress so that it doesn’t have such an impact on you and your behaviors:

  • Take a Deep Breath. There’s no doubt that certain experiences cause you to immediately feel stress and want to shut down. But there is a good chance that, once you take time to calm down and step away from the situation for a moment, it won’t be as bad as you thought. Before you react, take a deep breath and give yourself some time to think about whatever is causing you stress. Once you examine it, it may be easier for you to tackle the problem.
  • Engaging in Relaxing Activities. As part of your relapse prevention plan, you may be encouraged to engage in physical activities, volunteer work or anything else that makes you feel more relaxed. Putting your energy into something you enjoy — whether it’s walking a dog, coloring with your kids, playing an instrument or reading – can help to lower your levels of stress and keep your energies focused on things that make you happy.
  • Eat Right. What you put into your body can impact your ability to handle stress. If you are stressed, you may be more likely to indulge in foods higher in fat and sugar, which can leave you feeling lethargic. But if you put healthy foods into your body, such as fruits, vegetables and healthy grains, you may feel more energized, alert and less likely to be as affected by stress.