TWIN FALLS — The need for help with substance abuse and mental health disorders is greater now more than ever with the stay at home order in place. The director of Recover in Motion, a recovery center in Twin Falls, John Brannen, says that isolation can be a trigger for people battling substance abuse and mental health disorders. That is why a lot of recovery centers have been adapting to the current changes, with most now offering online meetings.
“So what we do is provide them with these online meetings which allows them to stay connected to the community and have face to face, if they desire, meeting with their recovery coaches,” Brannen said.
Recovery in Motion has faced some challenges when it came to making that transition. Brannen says the main obstacle they faced was the technical side of things, with most people not being able to figure out how to download the application to be able to attend the meetings. The recovery center has also seen a change in the amount of attendees in meetings.
"One of the things that we are seeing is that the support groups are not as large as they used to be, but the recovery coach one on one has actually increased," Brannen said.
Recovery in Motion was already in the process of adding telehealth services, but when the stay at home order was announced they were forced to make that change quicker. Brannen says he believes the stay at home order will have a negative impact on substance abuse and mental health.
“We are going to see a huge rise in mental health and substance abuse and we’re going to be needed more than ever to provide our services to the community," Brannen said.
Northpoint Recovery, a recovery center based in Boise, has also continued to provide support during the stay at home order. The director of admissions of Northpoint Recovery, Evan Beales, says he believes it's important for these services to continue.
“So I think that drug addicts and alcoholics and people with mental health disorders are suffering more right now than perhaps they were before so us being able to help, I think is hugely important right now," Beales said.