What is Teletherapy?

Teletherapy is any form of therapy that takes place outside of traditional face-to-face (F2F) treatment. This could include video chats, text messages, and phone calls. We provide many different forms of online substance abuse counseling.

History of Teletherapy

The history of telehealth services may be longer than you think. Videoconferencing was first used in 1959 in Nebraska. It was used to provide therapy, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and student training at the Nebraska state hospital. Then, it took around 50 years for the practice to become widely accepted. By the 2000s, online counseling was considered to be effective and research was held to gather more information on the practice and create guidelines. Today, telehealth services are viewed as equivalent to in-person care and have become increasingly popular. This is especially true in our current COVID-19 climate.

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Is Teletherapy Effective?

Yes, telehealth services are just as effective as face-to-face medical services. Studies have shown that the retention rates are higher. Remote therapy can also be a great entry-level form of counseling. Not to mention, seeking help for substance abuse and mental illnesses is a hard step to take. Many people may find that video counseling is less intimidating. Additionally, teletherapy increases accessibility. Many people are able to find a better match with a therapist now that geography is less of a restraint. 

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Who Can Offer Teletherapy?

All therapists and counselors through telehealth software programs are licensed professionals. Services provided may include substance abuse treatment, marriage and family counseling, psychiatry, and psychology. Laws state that all professionals be licensed within the state they practice. 

The American Psychological Association (APA) holds all virtual practicing professionals to follow the same rules as usual. These rules include confidentiality, standards on informed consent, doing no harm, and competence to practice. Additionally, there is the necessary knowledge of how to use technology. There are training workshops to ensure that mental health professionals are well-prepared for telehealth appointments. 

Benefits of Teletherapy

Having flexibility in treatment can mean the difference between being able to maintain life in recovery. For that reason, online addiction treatment can bring peace of mind to those that need these benefits. There are many advantages to online substance abuse counseling.

Easy Scheduling

Being able to simply log on to your online addiction counseling session from your couch saves you valuable commuting time. And for many, appointments during the work week are near impossible. But with the flexibility that teletherapy offers, you are able to log on during your lunch break without having to factor in travel time.

Comfortable Space

A large part of success in a therapy session stems from feeling comfortable. By being able to call in from anywhere you are able to control your own comfort. If the beach is where you are able to feel most at ease, no problem! 

Therapy Options

Just like with traditional F2F treatment, you will have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to online substance abuse counseling. We offer many types of group therapy. You will simply find a session that works for you.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Teletherapy takes out any possibility of you awkwardly running into someone you know in a waiting room. You will have the privacy and comfort of your own home with the freedom to share your treatment when and with whom you feel comfortable doing so. And, of course, there is complete confidentiality when doing online substance abuse counseling as with any medical professional. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) requires that teletherapy be held through fully encrypted software.

Avoiding Unnecessary Health Risks

One of the things that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light is how often we are exposed to others’ germs. You never know who will be sitting in the waiting room of a counselor’s office with a cold, just one sneeze away from passing it on to you. Online addiction counseling allows you to control your environment and limit the variables that put you at risk.

How to Find the Best Teletherapy Fit For You

We know that seeking online addiction counseling is a big step. That is why we try to make it as simple as possible. We accept most insurances (including Aetna, BlueCross, Beacon, Cigna, Humana, United Healthcare), which is a common stressor when looking to find counseling. Contact your provider and verify what your health policy covers. There should be a behavioral health coverage factor in your plan. If you do not have insurance, contact your therapist to see what payment options they offer. You will also need to consider what you are looking for in a therapist. You may be more comfortable opening up to either a man or a woman. Each therapist also has their own set of specializations. Addiction doesn't always exist alone, which is why our staff offers dual diagnosis treatment. You will be able to find many therapists who treat co-occurring mental health disorders. Group and family therapy are also great tools for online substance abuse counseling. Our licensed therapists conduct regular sessions for your convenience. You will need to consider who would be the mediator for you in a larger group. Thinking about each of these factors will help ensure that you get the most out of your treatment. We provide you with the resources and it is up to you to be selective and make the best decision for you.

Tips to Make the Most of Your Teletherapy Sessions

Center Yourself

Counseling can be a heavy thing. It takes a lot to open up about the things that are weighing on you and holding you back. If you have the time, it can be a good idea to devote your usual commute time to gather your thoughts and reflect on what you would like to discuss in your session. Go over the topics that you talked about in your last session, review how you utilized that in the time since, and think about how you want to move forward.

Be Open With Your Therapist

Our counselors only know what you tell them. That is why it’s important that you share what you think is and isn’t working. At the end of the day, therapy is about your progress and your therapist is there to support you the best way they can. Help them do that by being communicative. 

Have a Back-Up Plan

What if your computer shuts down in the middle of your teletherapy session? It happens to the best of us. Make sure your phone or tablet is fully charged before your session starts and have it nearby. Your therapist will always understand and be patient as you reconnect.

Stay Focused

You may start to feel fidgety like you need to get up and clean your dishes in the middle of your teletherapy call. Being at home during the session won’t help this, but it’s important that you stay focused and fight that urge to tick things off of your to-do list. Your counseling sessions will be more meaningful to you if you truly listen and digest what your therapist is saying. And you will have more to reflect on afterward. 

Go Somewhere Quiet

There is a lot of freedom in choosing your environment for a teletherapy call. Sitting by the pool with an iced coffee may seem like the best choice. But distractions take away from your experience. You should find a quiet, private place to have your calls. For example, set up a cozy corner in your room dedicated to your online addiction counseling sessions. The comfort and quiet will help you focus and promote reflection. 

Other Telehealth Services

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment are best for people suffering from a mild addiction. The former involves weekly therapy sessions without the requirement of living at our center. The latter is similar, the only difference is the slight increase in weekly therapy session hours. 

Outpatient treatment offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to continuing your day-to-day life. There is no need to take weeks off work or be away from your home 24/7. Online substance abuse counseling further reaps these benefits. You are able to find professionals who work well with you and will support you on your treatment journey without having to commute. You retain your freedom. It is beneficial to maintain a healthy balance when beginning online addiction counseling. Our services are designed to support that.

Our online addiction counseling methods include:

Inpatient Treatment

Unlike outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment involves 24/7 care at a residential or clinical facility during your recovery. It is important to note that if you or a loved one is currently dealing with a more severe addiction inpatient/ residential treatment is recommended. These services will provide you with the intense care and support that you need throughout your recovery.

Reach Out to Intrepid Detox Now

Addiction can affect anybody, and its effects are far-reaching. It can be tough to ask for help. Don’t wait. Intrepid Detox can help you if you’re having difficulty regaining control of your life. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, contact us today to discuss teletherapy options.