The new chemical dependency intensive outpatient clinic or IOP is now providing a flexible program, to help recovering addicts maintain their sobriety, especially for people who may not have a support system in place.
"They might suffer with these symptoms in almost silence and isolation. You know, get up and go to work and perform other duties, but really are having some of these difficulties in isolation," Dr. Sarah Wakefield, psychiatrist and TTSHC department chair of psychology, said.
The program was created by a partnership between Texas Tech Physicians and Covenant Health.
Wakefield says the pandemic has aggravated issues for those struggling with mental health and substance abuse.
"Often, our brains revert to old coping styles. Which for people with chemical dependency, with a genetic set up to have the chemical dependency, often is increased use in substances," Wakefield said.
There are 4 "waves" usually associated with a pandemic.
The fourth, a mental health crisis, has the longest lasting effects.
"It starts as soon as the pandemic starts. I mean we heard lots of reports of people feeling anxious about what's going to happen, and feeling that stress...that's a lot of a change very quickly," Wakefield said.
The 16-week program is free and flexible to accommodate schedules.
"The program is open to adults 18 and older, need to be medically stable, not have used a substance in the last 72 hours and not require a higher level of care like that residential service or in-patient services at the time," Wakefield said.
To learn more about the program click here.
You can also call (806) 725-7145 for more information, or to enroll in the program