How Telehealth Services Are Helping Addicts and Alcoholics during COVID-19

During COVID-19, many things have changed, as people are expected to stay home. Those seeking treatment for drug abuse and alcohol are still needing help. Did you know that caring and compassionate telehealth services are being used for recovery from addiction? In a world where more people are indoors and alcohol sales are up, recovery and sobriety are now being accessed from the privacy of the home.

Here are some ways that you or a loved one could be helped by online services. You will need only a computer, tablet or smartphone with a camera, headphones and an Internet connection.

What Services Are Provided Through Telemedicine for Addiction?

You first register with an application, telling something about yourself. Treatment plans are individualized to meet the particular needs of each person. From this point, you will receive an email with an appointment with your therapist and time for your teletherapy. Appointments are flexible and can be centered around your own schedule.

In addition to counseling for substance abuse, programs may also treat mental health problems that co-exist with addiction. The following mental health issues, in the past, addressed by in-person counseling, have benefited from teletherapy:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • PTSD
  • and other conditions

How Have Addicts Benefited From Telemedicine?

Helping addicts become aware of the triggers that lead to abuse is one of the prime purposes of psychotherapy in a traditional setting. With teletherapy, you gain the same tools that can be used in addressing issues that led to addiction. There are also options for the type of treatment that include:

  • Partial Hospitalization (PHP) – sessions of 5-6 hours per day, 6 days per week
  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP) – sessions 3 hours per day, for 3 to 5 days per week
  • Outpatient (OP) – minimum of 1 group therapy session and 1 individual therapy session per week

These are approximate; your treatment program will be customized to your needs.

Private sessions, done through teletherapy, with a therapist will begin to give you more options for a sober life without drugs or alcohol. A range of evidence-based therapies may be combined, including more holistic therapies. Included in the types of therapy available are:

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Family

You may have the same therapist for your individual sessions, however, there may be a different counselor leading the group session. Families can participate in family sessions in the privacy of their own home.

What Are Some Benefits of Telemedicine

The following are some reasons to use this type of treatment:

  • Convenience
  • Security
  • Licensed counselors
  • Effective treatment
  • Flexibility in scheduling

For those Internet savvy, who are looking for a means of recovery from substance abuse in a caring, supportive environment, this is the answer.

Don\’t let shame and social stigma keep you or a loved one from getting the help you need. Now, in the privacy of your own home, addiction recovery is possible through telemedicine services. Give us a call at 833-610-1174 ; our caring counselors are waiting to discuss your recovery and road to a more successful life.

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