Every year, at least 17 million Americans who need help with a substance abuse problem don’t get it. Why? Largely because of the shame and stigma associated with substance use disorders (SUDs) and the perception that treatment is inaccessible. On September 22nd, National Online Recovery Day reminds us that quality substance abuse treatment and recovery support is available entirely online – offering the highest level of privacy and accessibility, in order to reach the millions of people who really need it.
Today’s telehealth technology offers the ability to treat all sorts of ailments. Mental health issues, including SUDs, can also be effectively treated and managed online. Not only is it convenient and usually covered by insurance, but private sessions via telemedicine ease the burden of the stigma, while offering quality therapy and treatment options.
The medical community continues to prove that telemedicine provides quality care. The benefits of the service are mounting beyond privacy and convenience, too. Telemedicine also:
- Reduces costs to patient and provider
- Creates access for rural communities
- Promotes better patient engagement
- Increases the reliability of access, including support groups
When patients have more options and dependable care, they are more likely to keep appointments and continue treatment. Today’s world is significantly altering our access to medicine and therapy. Through online treatment and life-long digital support communities, the possibility of successful and sustained recovery for 17 million people becomes a reality.