At a time when virtual options for healthcare appear to be in great demand, telehealth may be getting more attention than ever as an alternative means of addiction treatment. The emergence of virtual outpatient programming can be valuable for people who may have resisted traditional treatment programs as well as serving as an option for anyone without access to treatment in person right now. Today let’s consider five basic benefits of turning to a virtual program to begin your recovery.
The emergence of virtual outpatient programming for addiction is giving people with substance use disorders an alternative means of beginning the steps towards a lasting recovery without the need to participate in person in individual and group therapy forms of treatment. Through a virtual platform, addiction specialists can provide programs with convenience, easy access, and greater flexibility than traditional models of treatment. With a multi-faceted virtual program featuring individual therapy, group therapy, educational presentations, and continuing care, patients can receive care consistent with the same high standards of an intensive outpatient program at a reduced cost.
5 Benefits of Virtual Outpatient Programming
- A virtual outpatient program is highly convenient.
- A virtual outpatient program is easily accessible.
- A virtual outpatient program offers greater flexibility.
- A virtual outpatient program can reduce treatment costs.
- A virtual outpatient program offers care consistent with an in-person programs.
With virtual outpatient programming, addiction treatment comes to you, wherever you are, through the technology you have in your home or have access to regularly. Using a laptop, a PC with a webcam, a smart phone, or a tablet, you can participate in a program without having to leave home. This option eliminates the travel time to get to and from an outpatient program, giving you more time to work on the recovery strategies you learn in your individual or group therapy sessions online and devote time to watching supplemental resources, such as educational presentations, provided by your treatment facility.
A virtual outpatient program removes many barriers between you and treatment, making it easily accessible to most people. Access can be restrictive due to the distance between you and a program, a lack of reliable transportation or adequate childcare, or if you’re living with a disability that makes traveling away from home more difficult or time consuming.
Unlike the structure of in-person treatment, virtual outpatient programming can provide greater flexibility in scheduling. This ability to integrate treatment into your daily and weekly life allows you to maintain other responsibilities, such as work and parenting duties. As part of preparing for a treatment plan through a virtual outpatient program, you can determine what schedule of treatment services works best for you and pick and comfortably enjoy the other materials provided outside of therapy, including recorded presentations by addiction specialists, at a time that doesn’t interfere with your other treatment and daily life activities.
The costs associated with treatment can add up beyond the fees for an in-person program due to the expenses from transportation, childcare, missing work, and more. A virtual outpatient program can bring down the overall cost of receiving treatment for addiction or substance use disorders by providing all services to you at home. The cost of the actual services themselves may be lower than a comparable outpatient program, too.
Benefit: Care consistent with outpatient program
A virtual outpatient program can provide the same level of care as a traditional outpatient program through its individual therapy sessions and its small group therapy sessions. As social isolation can be a factor in addiction, those small group sessions can give you an opportunity to share your experiences with peers, learn new coping skills from them, and create a virtual community of support in your life as you work on your recovery at home.
Detox is not mandatory to start a virtual intensive outpatient program.
While you can begin virtual treatment at any time, keep in mind that any outpatient program is not a substitute for medically supervised detox or residential treatment, when needed. Withdrawal from drugs or alcohol without medical supervision can be dangerous due to complications associated with many of the withdrawal symptoms, and some people may find they need a safe environment where they can completely separate from drugs and alcohol. Still need help finding out what option is right for you? Call an admissions specialist at Origins to learn more.