Common Sense for Uncommon Times
Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition efforts to stem the spread of Coronavirus and COVID-19
It is a challenging time for everyone and recovery residences, being communal in nature, are particularly challenging when it comes to curbing the spread of infectious diseases. However, it is this communal nature that is essential to aiding in recovery from addiction. At trying and stressful times, we all need support and larger crises can be triggers for those working on sobriety.
MCRC’s strategy for mitigating follows the recommendations of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR), as well as common sense.
Cleanliness and limiting virus spread:
Spray bottles of bleach solution with rags are in every common room and issued all the residents along with their own rubber gloves. Hard surfaces in the houses will be disinfected daily. Everyone (staff, residents, visitors, etc.) washes hands thoroughly with soap and water often throughout the day, especially when returning to the house from outside. Shared dishes are washed with soap and water, and disinfected as soon as the user is finished with them. Personal hygiene and chores are a priority to maintain healthy residences. Guidelines for physical distancing (staying ~6 ft apart) and limiting physical contact will be adhered to as much as possible. No overnight visitors will be allowed.
Communication and transparency:
Residents will communicate with house managers if they experience any symptoms associated with COVID-19. Residents will also communicate with house managers if they feel unsafe physically or mentally. House managers will communicate clearly with everyone in the houses as this situation progresses; it is not shameful to get sick but everyone needs to know so they can take care of themselves.
Residents will work with house managers to establish routines that incorporate online or house meetings, so they can continue to work on their recoveries.