Is a Telehealth Addiction Program the Right Option for Me?

Beyond the devastating effects of the illness itself, COVID-19 has crippled the economy and forced us to isolate ourselves. This has also had a negative impact on mental health, leading to increased rates of substance use disorder (SUD) and overdoses. Additionally, lockdown safety measures have made it difficult for people to get treatment for their condition.

Treatment centers have had to alter their programs quickly to accommodate new safety concerns. One of the ways Recovery First has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic is by implementing a telemedicine program in lieu of a standard outpatient program. This eliminates the need for patients to visit a facility for several hours, multiple times a week.

How Telehealth Works

While telehealth may seem new to many people, these services have actually existed for a quite a while. Now, they’ve been expanded to encompass all outpatient services at Recovery First.

When you first sign up for telemedicine services at Recovery First, you’ll give permission electronically to allow the facility to provide you with remote treatment. Then, Recovery First will send you a unique access code, which you will use to enroll in the services and join confidential video conferencing rooms for therapy sessions.

These therapy sessions function in much the same way an in-person visits are run, the only difference being they are conducted virtually. Telehealth services will include:

  • An assessment to evaluate your situation and plan treatment accordingly.
  • Individual therapy sessions.
  • Group therapy sessions.
  • Educational sessions on a variety of addiction-related topics, such as relapse prevention.

Telehealth programs allow patients that may otherwise be hesitant to get the treatment they need due to health concerns, travel restrictions, and the inability to get time away from work or caring for dependents.

Inpatient Care and Coronavirus

Telehealth or outpatient care may not be sufficient for some people struggling with addiction. Inpatient or residential treatment is often the preferred option for people that:

  • Struggle with serious co-occurring disorders.
  • Are at a high risk of relapse.
  • Lack a stable living environment and supportive network of friends and family.

Recovery First is still offering inpatient treatment for people who prefer to receive treatment in person. Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, Recovery First has implemented additional safety precautions to keep patients and staff safe. This includes:

  • Screening before entry.
  • Daily deep cleaning, sanitization, and regular fogging of the entire facility.
  • Mask mandates and social distancing enforced.
  • Testing of patients and staff.
  • Protocols to follow in the event of a case of COVID-19.

Many services, including therapy groups, individual counseling sessions, and visits with a psychiatrist, will be provided virtually. Patients connect with staff and peers through video conferencing in a designated room.

Addiction is a chronic but treatable illness. If you or a loved one is struggling with drugs or alcohol, please reach out to an admissions navigator at . They can answer questions about treatment at Recovery First and help you understand the coverage provided by your insurance policy.

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