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How is isolation affecting your mental health?

In this time of isolation, connection is needed now more than ever. It takes courage for those dealing with mental health and addiction illnesses to seek help. Take that step for you or a loved one today.​
In this time of isolation, connection is needed now more than ever. It takes courage for those dealing with mental health and addiction illnesses to seek help. Take that step for you or a loved one today.​

The last month and a half has been a challenge for everyone.

Isolation, social distancing and staying indoors may be starting to take its toll on your mental health. But for those who are suffering from an addiction or have a diagnosed mental health disorder, the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus may have an even more dramatic effect on their mental state.

Studies indicate that social isolation plays a large role in perpetuating addictive and mental health behaviors. One of the major roles behavioral health centers play is to provide a close-knit community of experts and peers who can help relieve those feelings of isolation through residential treatment programs.

Promises Behavioral Health’s family of residential treatment centers in Florida work tirelessly to ensure the highest level of inpatient care, even during these uncertain times. In an effort to extend treatment options, both of the Promises’ Florida facilities -- Promises Five Palms and Lucida -- have shifted to meet the needs of all Floridians by creating a virtual care experience.

What does virtual treatment look like?

A virtual intensive outpatient treatment program is a unique option for individuals who may be experiencing the boundaries of long distance and certain physical disabilities, or those may be distancing themselves socially as a precaution to the novel coronavirus.

Programs differ between treatment centers, but for Promises Five Palms and its sister facility, Lucida, a program called Providing Access To Hope, or P.A.T.H, has been created as a virtual IOP that suits every Floridian’s needs. The program includes comprehensive diagnostic assessments, treatment planning, individual therapy, couple and family therapy, group therapy, psychiatric and medical referrals as needed, support group referrals, and access to Promises Rooted alumni network. All of the services are available to any individual living in the state of Florida from the comfort of their own home.

Many of those suffering from substance use and mental health disorders may feel the need to wait until the pandemic is over, but with the current unknowns concerning when life will get back to normal, it is important for those suffering to seek help.