Update on Measures La Hacienda is Taking During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Photo–Life and treatment on our beautiful campus continue as staff take additional measures to continue to meet the need of our patients, the families and our alumni.

We at La Hacienda are committed to providing the best possible treatment to our patients while taking all necessary precautions during this time of great concern due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While COVID-19 poses great risks to individuals and communities, untreated addiction destroys lives, families, and communities as well. There were approximately 140,000 substance use disorder-related deaths in the United States in 2018.

Addiction treatment remains critical during this time, especially when the heightened fear and stress associated with loss of employment, unprecedented drops in the financial markets, and lack of structure and accountability will likely increase substance use and its consequences.

The leadership team daily evaluates the rapidly evolving changes and recommendations regarding the pandemic and how best to provide excellence in treatment and maximize the safety of our patients and staff. Updated measures we are taking to continue to meet the needs of our patients and their families are as follows.

On our Hunt Campus

  • Extensive screening of potential patients to ensure we maintain a safe environment
    • We encourage patients to get tested for COVID-19 prior to admission and we test for the disease when testing is available.
    • All staff wear face coverings/masks if less than 6 feet away from other patients or staff.
    • All patients wear face coverings/masks when out of their rooms and within 6 feet of other patients or staff
    • Daily temperatures for all staff and patients
  • Social distancing measures in our groups, dining room, and patient and staff interactions
  • Following all CDC guidelines for hygiene and self-care
  • Screening all patients and staff members daily for potential illness
  • Stopped all visitors to campus for the time being
  • Discontinued off-campus meetings, or any off-campus outings, for the time being
  • Protocols in place to immediately respond should someone begin to display symptoms of respiratory illness

Our Intensive Outpatient Programs

While connection and group counseling are fundamental to treatment, we have come to a time when services via teleconference are needed.

  • Our IOP groups transitioned to online services in April in Austin and in College Station.
  • Our patients will still have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with their counselor for individual counseling.
  • We will assist our patients in using online 12-Step resources.
  • Our group interactions will mirror the robust psychoeducational lectures and group sessions our patients and payers expect.
  • We will resume traditional services when deemed safe by government officials.

Our Family Program in Hunt

We believe family involvement in treatment is essential for recovery, but we have had to make some temporary changes.

  • We provide a virtual Family Program using a mix of videos and video teleconferencing with patients and their counselors.
  • At this time, we are not able to allow families to visit on Sundays, so we have made additional phone resources available.
  • We will resume our on-campus Family Program when it is safe to do so.

Our Alumni Meetings

  • Established Zoom opportunities for all the nine weekly alumni groups that meet each week in Texas
  • Providing online Step Study videos by Chris Raymer to assist our alumni during this time when most traditional meetings are not available.

If you have any questions, email eolson@lahacienda.com.