Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Huntington Creek Recovery Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Huntington Creek Recovery Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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EMDR Therapy

Huntington Creek Recovery Center has been a trusted provider of experiential-based therapies for addiction and co-occurring disorders since 1972. Our EMDR therapy treatment provides an alternative therapeutic option for men and women who are struggling with co-occurring and substance use disorders.

Dealing with the Effects of Trauma

In order to find more ways to help individuals suffering from the effects of substance abuse, researchers continue to seek greater understanding as to the root causes of addiction. Genetics and environment have been shown to play a role in an individual being predisposed to struggling with substance abuse. In addition, the effect of trauma on the brain has been well documented.

Both acute traumas, such as accidents or unexpected losses, and chronic traumas, such as ongoing abuse or instability, can impact an individual’s brain functioning and impair his or her ability to cope with stress. When an individual is suffering from the damaging effects of trauma, he or she may seek to soothe or mask his or her symptoms with drugs or alcohol. Left untreated, these unhealthy coping mechanisms can lead an individual down the path of addiction.

Utilizing EMDR Therapy

Without addressing a patient’s trauma history, it can be difficult to effectively treat his or her substance abuse disorder. Therefore, the clinical program at Huntington Creek Recovery Center includes a variety of treatment techniques designed to help patients heal from past traumas. As part of their individualized treatment plans, patients have access to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

Originally designed to help individuals who were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), EMDR is a multiphase treatment designed to help patients reprocess their experience of past negative events. Often, recalling a past trauma can be an unsettling experience that can set in motion a spiral of unhealthy behaviors as the affected individual seeks to escape painful symptoms. Sometimes called a flashback, this experience can elicit the following symptoms:

  • Depressed mood
  • Anxiety
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Anger or irritability
  • Confusion or disassociation
  • Insomnia
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble focusing
  • Muscle aches and tension
  • Physical aches and pains

How EMDR Works

When trauma overwhelms an individual, his or her brain’s resiliency can be weakened. EMDR “works” by strengthening and rebuilding the compromised neuropathways in the brain. During a series of bilateral eye movements, the patient reflects on a past trauma. He or she is instructed to explore their feelings about the event with a goal of replacing an uncomfortable feelings with a less triggering response. For example, feelings of guilt or shame might be replace with a positive affirmation. This therapy allows the individual’s brain to reprocess the past trauma in a new way, providing relief from the negative feelings that had previously been associated with recalling the event.

At Huntington Creek Recovery Center, a specially trained staff member conducts EMDR therapy as part of our comprehensive clinical program. Counselors at Huntington Creek utilize a variety of experiential therapy modalities that addresses the whole person, creating trauma-focused treatment plans that address the individual’s mind, body, and spirit.

What our clients are saying

The therapy options at Huntington Creek are some of the best in the area. The staff are caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable in helping their patients get the treatment and lasting recovery that they not only need, but deserve.

– Former Patient
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