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Alliance Health Center CEO Discusses Challenges For Patients During The Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for people with substance use disorders and in recovery, and to those seeking assistance to maintain their mental health during this time.

According to The National Institute of Drug Abuse, there is a possibility that COVID-19 could hit some populations with substance use disorders particularly hard. These individuals could potentially find themselves at increased risk of the virus and its more serious complications, which is concerning for those in recovery or receiving treatment.

Alliance Health Center’s CEO Jay Shehi tells Twin States, that the facility is doing its best to accommodate patients during this time, to ensure the safety of their health and well-being.

“We’re trying to reach out to patients, maybe former patients more frequently for example, we have some counselors reach out to patients at a one week mark, see how their doing and make sure that the have –or connect them with resources, because isolation is essential right now, but you don’t have to be alone, you know. I think there are ways to use technology to augment what we do to connect with others. so, you know, being alone together is still possible if we use technology appropriately”, said Jay Shehi, Alliance Health Center’s CEO.

Also sharing, that there is also a concern for patients needing mental health services.

“The need for mental health services remains very high, that’s why we’re here. I think of what we’ve seen over the last six weeks are just the ways anxiety, fear, stress are exacerbating pre-existing conditions. not necessarily an increase in volume per se, but definitely the need is still there the types of things we’re seeing are kind of changing, because –again the impact of stress and anxiety on the general public”, said Shehi.

Many health providers across the nation are utilizing technology to assist their patients to encourage social distancing during this pandemic.

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