I was recently introduced to a new and innovative way to combat addiction and that's with telehealth technology. What's so special and innovative about this? Well, there are many reasons, but here are five.
First, some people may not feel they are in need of or fully ready for residential treatment. They may need it, but not be willing and online treatment provides a foot in the door so that such people can begin the process of healing. Online addiction treatment may just give them a glimpse into all the work they need to do and how much professionals can help them. When this is realized, they could step up to a high level of care.
Second, many people who graduate from a residential facility need additional help. Online addiction treatment can carry on long after residential or IOP treatments. Brighton Recovery Center's online addiction treatment program even provides different levels of treatment withing itself. This means that a recovering addict can determine how much or how little online treatment they need. Of course, this should be planned out with the advice of their therapist.
Third, convenience. It can be difficult to find quality help in rural areas. Sometimes, even getting to a good meeting could mean an hours drive there and back. And what if you don't have a car or license? With online addiction treatment, you can participate in meetings, groups, and individual therapy without leaving your home. This adds a level of convenience that people need. It also means that you have no excuse for not showing up!
Fourth, doing things online can be more familiar and comfortable to Millennials than having to go to an office and meet in person. Because of this, anxieties that rise from meeting in person are also reduced.
Fifth, online addiction treatment reduces stigma. Imagine telling your boss that you'll need an hour every Thursday to see a therapist. What will your boss think or assume? Of course, that's just one scenario out of many that could cause feelings of judgment. Online addiction treatment often occurs after hours and offers more flexibility than a physical location can.
I think we will see a rise in online addiction counseling services and it will be interesting to see what comes of it.