Why are Liquor Stores an Essential Business in California?

essential businesses open in sonoma countyWhen the pandemic began, and businesses started having to close due to public health concerns, liquor stores stayed open. Some people in Sonoma County questioned why these stores were deemed essential; however, those who have personally experienced or know people who have experienced substance use disorders understand how important this is that they stay open.

Simply put, liquor stores are an essential business due to the dangers surrounding alcohol withdrawal.

At Olympia House Rehab, our addiction treatment center is open and ready for new patients. We have worked to stay up-to-date on the changing COVID-19 precautions with health and safety at the forefront of our mission.

If you or someone you know is experiencing drug or alcohol addiction, please contact us.

COVID-10 Pandemic

The shelter-in-place and coronavirus pandemic poses unique challenges to those who struggle with a substance use disorder. Addiction thrives in anxiety-ridden times of social isolation, and those who have pre-existing drug or alcohol abuse problems may relapse or have increased symptoms.

Addiction, relapse, and withdrawal are especially risky now as hospitals are stretched thin with patients affected by the coronavirus.

Alcohol Addiction

Long-term alcohol consumption can lead to severe health conditions. If someone is dependent on alcohol and becomes suddenly cut off, the effects may be life-threatening.

Alcohol Withdrawal

Sudden alcohol withdrawal could progress to the point where medical intervention is necessary.

Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal can include:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Chest Pain
  • Delirium
  • Delusions
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures

Our residential treatment center looks towards easing and minimizing withdrawal systems for those struggling with substance use disorders. Olympia House Rehab provides both medication-assisted therapy (MAT) or a non-medical detox for alcoholism with individualized and evidence-based treatment plans focused on counseling, therapy, and support groups.

With emergency rooms potentially unable to handle more critically ill patients, liquor stores had to remain open to prevent an influx of people experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. We hope that anyone who has been dealing with addiction during this time has gotten the help they need; however, we are open and ready to admit new patients.

Begin your recovery today at Olympia House Rehab. Call (888) 795-1965 now.