COVID in California and the Mental Health Crisis

Nearly two years into the reality of COVID-19, mental health across California, namely Southern California, has been tried and tried again. Unfortunately, several factors have joined forces to bring this to fruition. One of the biggest struggles people have faced is how isolation has triggered or heightened their mental illness. For some, this constant isolation or fear of infection has provoked feelings of anxiety, depression, and increased struggles with addiction and substance use disorder (SUD). The mental health of Californians needs to be set as a top priority. 

At the start of the pandemic, the Lakehouse Recovery Center worked diligently to provide our clients with addiction treatment virtually. Two years in, we have still fostered a sense of community at the Lakehouse. We believe we have the means to help you fight your way through whatever else may come your way while trying to maintain your mental health amidst this COVID crisis.

Potential Treatment for Those Across California

Even for those not within a commutable distance to the Lakehouse Recovery Center, we encourage you to reach out and learn more about our virtual treatment programs. Thanks to technology, we can virtually provide clients with state-licensed and accredited Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for substance abuse and co-occurring mental illnesses. All you need is access to a computer or smart device, and you can have access to treatment right at your fingertips. At the Lakehouse, we believe that you do not have to stop your life in order to save it.

If you are concerned about the financial costs of recovery, keep in mind that our Virtual Outpatient Program is noticeably less expensive than your typical residential program. IOPs can provide a level of care that offers our clients more freedom. You will receive a care plan that utilizes the clinical and holistic treatments while still living your life outside of treatment. 

Virtual programs allow for even more freedom. Whether you need to maintain your job or personal responsibilities, being able to simply log into your therapy from the comfort of your own home allows you to keep those responsibilities. Our virtual IOP can also be utilized as a form of continuing care if are you in need of refreshment and empowerment in your recovery.

Post-COVID Treatment for Those Near Los Angeles

Our IOP program is a compensable program to consider for those in Los Angeles County—or more specifically, near the Ventura County city of Thousand Oaks. You may be in a place where the lifting of certain COVID restrictions requires you to return to work, go to school, or have other responsibilities that revolve around being in close quarters with other people. This reality could be anxiety-inducing for you, leading to panic and either the start of substance use or relapse in recovery.

Notably, research from the past year has indicated the danger of post-COVID syndrome. This publication expresses the concerning and lingering after-effects of COVID-19, which is why it is commonly referred to as long-COVID or post-COVID syndrome. There is a particular threat that post-COVID syndrome poses to mental health. If you are unable to healthily cope with depressive symptoms or other situations of mental distress, you may turn to alcohol, opioids, or other substances and begin to suffer from addiction. Post-COVID syndrome could potentially prolong the increase of mental illness due to COVID-19 long after this crisis goes away.

Let the Lakehouse Help You Today

If you are experiencing continued fear of leaving the house or danger due to increased substance use during this COVID crisis, decide today that you will no longer suffer in silence. Addiction treatment facilities across the nation have successfully made their programs viable across various virtual platforms. You should also find comfort in the fact that you have options like virtual, intensive outpatient, or partial hospitalization programs, to name a few. Additionally, the past year has demonstrated that it is essential to make more time for the people and things you love. Flexible programs such as those offered at the Lakehouse can help you do that.

You may be reading this and thinking to yourself, “there’s no end in sight,” or “will we ever be free of the COVID crisis?” Both are valid thoughts and feelings. Yet, treatment with the Lakehouse Recovery Center means not needing to wait until you are out of this or any crisis that may arise. Please, do not let yourself suffer another day on your own. Reach out and let us start you on your path to recovery today. 

Thankfully, many have been able to seek treatment for addiction, substance use disorder, and other mental illnesses with the help of virtual programs implemented by addiction treatment facilities across the state. At the Lakehouse Recovery Center, we were able to do this successfully as well. Still, with the lingering COVID crisis and the rise of post-COVID syndrome, it appears the mental health of our fellow Californians could be threatened for years to come. COVID-related fears, anxieties, and depressive symptoms easily lead to the increased consumption of alcohol, opioids, and several other addictive substances. For this reason, it is essential that wherever you are, you seek immediate addiction treatment today. For those in Southern California, that may include one of the many programs offered by the Lakehouse. For individuals across the state, our virtual treatment plans effectively help you too. To learn more about the Lakehouse and how we can help you on your path to recovery, call (877) 762-3707