The type of telehealth services you may need will depend on individual factors, such as any treatment you have already completed, the severity of your addiction, your health insurance, and more.
Here are some of the most common kinds of telehealth services for substance use disorder.
Outpatient Telehealth Addiction Treatment
One option for telehealth addiction rehab is outpatient treatment. This service is similar to a standard outpatient program, but it is conducted via telehealth.
Outpatient programs are more comprehensive than singular services in that they use several different treatment approaches simultaneously.
You may encounter services such as counseling, behavioral therapy, and relapse prevention education and coaching.
Individual therapy is a mental health treatment used in addiction recovery. It is one-on-one therapy with a licensed professional and may be part of a comprehensive program or a stand-alone service.
Individual therapy can include a wide range of psychiatry options such as talk therapy, behavioral therapies, or alternative therapies.
Behavioral therapies are those that address behavior patterns and thought processes. Some common types are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
Alternative therapies can include options like yoga therapy, meditation, or holistic therapy.
Group therapy is another kind of therapy often offered via telehealth. This kind of therapy is similar to individual talk therapy, but is done among a group of people with addictions. Support groups can also be offered via telehealth.
This telehealth service is a great opportunity to connect with peers as you’ll have the opportunity not only to share your experiences but also to listen to the experiences of others. You may find useful strategies and coping skills from listening to your peers as well.
Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counseling
Addiction counseling may also be an option you come across when seeking telehealth treatment. Counseling is similar to therapy in that you’ll meet and talk with a professional.
Counseling is typically offered on a short-term basis, whereas therapy is typically long-term and on an ongoing basis. Additionally, counseling tends to focus on one issue (in this case addiction) rather than using a broad approach like therapy.
Telemedicine, also referred to as medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a telehealth service that involves prescribing medications as part of an individual’s addiction treatment plan.
Usually, telemedicine services are offered to people who are already on medication as part of a larger treatment program.
Some medications that may be prescribed via telehealth include: