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

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

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 Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems 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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems.

  • This restriction has 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Local Support Groups

There are many local support groups in the Lafayette, LA area. The information on this page is meant to help you determine what support group is the best for you or your loved one.

12-Step Support in Louisiana

The 12-Step Recovery Model has helped countless men and women achieve long-term recovery. The 12-Step Model features a series of fundamental principles, such as a connection to community. Transitioning into recovery can be challenging; however, by participating in 12-Step meetings such as AA or NA, you can get the support you need to maintain your sobriety.

Local Resources

When you complete treatment, you will be given an aftercare plan designed to help you transition back into everyday life. Almost all aftercare plans will encourage participation in AA or NA meetings.

Should you participate in them, these meetings can offer you a number of benefits. You are given the opportunity to share your experiences with addiction, as well as listen to the experiences of others so that you can gain new skills and develop a solid sense of self-worth.

If you are living Louisiana, there are several different options for 12-Step meetings for you to go to. Each meeting is different, meaning that some might be open, some might be geared towards a specific gender, and so on. However, there are always enough meetings available so that you can go to one that’s comfortable for you. If you are looking for AA or NA meetings in Louisiana, visit the following links:

For Loved Ones

If your child, spouse, parent, sibling, or friend is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, you are likely experiencing your own personal distress. You might feel hopeless, frustrated, and isolated. However, you are far from alone, and there are support groups available to help you during this time.

12-Step programming is beneficial for those in recovery and their loved ones too. As a loved one, you can reach out to your community to find 12-Step meetings in your area. These meetings can help connect you to others who understand your situation, and who can support and encourage you. Participation in these meetings can help you begin to develop healthy coping skills so that you can take better care of yourself.

Making the Most of Meetings

Once you have decided which meetings in your community are best for you, it can be beneficial to participate in them fully so that you can get the most out of them. People living in Louisiana have received tremendous support from others in the 12-Step recovery community, and you can as well. When you are in a strong place within your own recovery, you can then go on to support others in the same way.