Harmony Place Creates Virtual Walk-in Clinic to Support Addiction Recovery During COVID-19

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Harmony Place Addiction Treatment Center has created a virtual walk-in clinic to help former clients working through recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Secure, virtual meetings are held every Friday from 10 AM to 11 AM PST and hosted by Dr. Lavonda Mickens.

Harmony Place Woodland Hills

Harmony Place Woodland Hills

The Coronavirus Pandemic has changed our lives in ways we could have never imagined. Now, more than ever, former Harmony Place clients need a support system that encourages their recovery while respecting social distancing guidelines.

According to market research firm Nielsen, alcohol sales spiked by 55% (compared to 2019) in the week ending March 21, 2020, as many states and public health officials urged residents to stay home. What’s more, as small businesses such as local restaurants try to adapt to declining sales, alcohol is now being offered in takeout orders in some states such as California. While this can represent an effort by people to stockpile for the sheltered weeks ahead, it also signals the potential for alcohol abuse.

“Thousands of good people across the Country in recovery have lost access to AA and NA meetings as a result of the shelter in place order,” said Jeff Schwartz, CEO & Founder of Harmony Place. “In addition to the weekly virtual walk-in clinic, our team is working tirelessly to create solutions for those who have lost this valuable resource.”

COVID-19 Precautions For New Admissions
Harmony Place has also established new protective measures to ensure the health & safety of clients in treatment during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Prior to admitting to Harmony Place, clients are asked a myriad of questions related to their potential exposure to those diagnosed with COVID-19, their recent travel history, and their current medical diagnosis to name a few.

New clients are required to complete a CDC-approved COVID-19 test prior to arrival, upon arrival, and regularly while in treatment at Harmony Place.

“The health & safety of our clients is our number one priority,” said Justin Helfert, Director of Admissions. “We are fortunate to have relationships with multiple local institutions to help us navigate the complexity of testing services & availability.”

In addition to maintaining social distancing established by the CDC, Harmony Place has created a daily cleaning regimen using CDC recommended sanitizing products to ensure the safety of clients and staff.

About the Virtual Walk-in Clinic
Starting May 1, 2020, The Virtual Walk-in Clinic occurs every Friday from 10 AM to 11 AM using online web meetings and is available to Harmony Place Alumni and current clients. Dr. Lavonda Mickens will talk about recovery, staying connected with Harmony Place, and help bridge the gaps in recovery needs.

About Dr. Lavonda Mickens
Dr. Mickens is a licensed Psychologist, a native of Southern California, and has spent her career as a clinician and researcher studying addiction and other health behaviors. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at San Diego State University; earned a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Mickens also completed an APA-accredited internship at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine working to improve health behavior and psychological health among trauma victims post-Hurricane Katrina. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse with the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine where she studied addiction and a broad range of psychiatric disorders (e.g., major depression, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder). In addition, Dr. Mickens also spent 8 years as a Faculty Member with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She was a clinical supervisor and taught addiction treatment, theories, and techniques of psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and cultural diversity among other courses.

About Harmony Place
The core mission of Harmony Place is to provide superior care to our clients. We value compassion and care as channels to respect and dignity rarely experienced by those afflicted with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. With this philosophy in mind, we endeavor to be your preferred health care provider for alcohol and substance abuse treatment.

At Harmony Place, we focus on potential rather than pathology. We anticipate the issues inherent in living sober for individuals leaving treatment. Like most addiction treatment centers, Harmony Place utilizes evidenced-based practices to deliver intensive individualized care to our clients. Beyond that, we take pride in our pointed aftercare planning. We strongly endorse clients to continue treatment in an outpatient setting and sober living. To that end, Harmony Place has an extended outpatient treatment program and transitional housing where we concentrate on a key component for recovery – connection.

If you or a loved one are seeking freedom from the ravages of addiction, our admissions team is here to answer your questions and assist you in the process of finding a placement where your full potential can be realized.

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