Telehealth Solutions for Mental Health and Addiction

Telehealth is Beneficial to All Forms of Treatment

If you are looking for an accessible form of addiction or mental health treatment, look no further than telehealth.

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Telehealth is beneficial to all forms of treatment, in particular addiction and mental health treatment. This is because it allows its clients to receive treatment in the comfort of their own home. It doesn’t get any more accessible than that. On top of its accessibility, research has been done on telehealth addiction and mental health treatment to make sure that it is highly effective.

To receive premium level addiction or mental health treatment that has nearly all the benefits with little of the pitfalls, you should look into receiving telehealth treatment today.

What is Telehealth Treatment?

Telehealth treatment, or telemedicine treatment, is treatment that occurs remotely through the use of technology. The different forms of technology that treatment centers use during telehealth treatment include everything from text messages to video conference calls, to phone calls, video chats, email, and more. Telehealth has proven itself to be beneficial to both addiction and mental health treatment. 

Benefits of Telehealth Treatment

Reduces Costs

Members of telehealth treatment do not leave their homes and commute to addiction or mental health treatments. As a result, they do not spend time and money on things like gas or childcare. This saves telehealth members a significant amount of money over time.

Members of telehealth addiction and mental health treatments also save money by not paying for overhead office and technology costs. As a result, members of telehealth addiction and mental health treatments only pay a fraction of the costs that in-person members of addiction and mental health treatment programs pay. 

Increases Flexibility

Because telehealth addiction and mental health treatment programs are remote, they can occur anywhere at any time. As a result, you do not need to change your schedule around to receive telehealth addiction or mental health treatment. Just schedule your treatments at times that you and your healthcare professionals agree on, and you’re good to go. 

Decreases Stigma

Many people choose not to attend substance use disorder or mental health treatments because they are afraid of what others who might see them there will think. One of the telehealth solutions for this problem is receiving addiction or mental health treatment online in the privacy of your own home. 

By allowing you to receive addiction and mental health treatment online at home, telehealth removes the fear of being seen by others. It also makes addiction and mental health treatment appear more normal. In turn, telehealth decreases the negative stigma that people put on themselves and others that are receiving treatment. 

Provides Wider Access

Telehealth gives people that don’t live close to a treatment center the opportunity to receive treatment in an easy manner. This widens the reach that addiction and mental health treatments have. As a result, telehealth helps increase the number of members that enroll in programs at a treatment center

Who Can Provide Telehealth Treatment?

A wide variety of healthcare professionals can provide telehealth treatment. All they have to do is be licensed in the area that they live and provide treatment. Everyone from substance use specialists to mental health professionals and the like can provide all formats of telehealth treatment. 

Different Forms of Telehealth Treatment

Telehealth Solutions for Addiction Treatment

Telehealth provides many solutions to issues that addiction treatment has been struggling to find for years. Some of the addiction treatment issues that telehealth provided solutions to are stated below.

AfterCare Accountability

Many people that suffer from addiction struggle with remaining sober and accountable after treatment is over. Remaining sober after treatment is hard because the physicians, therapists, and substance use specialists that were always there to hold those in recovery accountable, are no longer around. 

To rectify this problem, many addiction treatment centers started providing aftercare services to their members. Examples of these aftercare services include information to local 12-step programs and support groups. Still, providing such information does not compare to the constant one-on-one attention healthcare professionals give to members while in treatment. This is where telehealth steps in. 

One of the telehealth solutions for the struggle to remain sober after treatment is providing constant one-on-one aftercare meetups online. One way to have telehealth aftercare meetups is to have treatment program healthcare professionals contact former treatment program members over the phone periodically. 

During these periodic conversations, the healthcare professionals can ask the former treatment program members questions about their recovery thus far. Telehealth healthcare professionals can then track the recovery progress of their former members. Such one-on-one conversations between healthcare professionals and former treatment program members hold the members accountable for their actions after treatment.  

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Addiction Treatment in Rural Areas

One issue that addiction treatment centers struggle with is providing treatment to people in rural areas that need it. Providing addiction treatment to people in rural areas is difficult because there aren’t many addiction treatment centers in those areas. Also, according to the Substance Use and Misuse journal, rural clients are geographically dispersed and have limited forms of transportation.  Telehealth addiction treatment helps rectify this issue by providing remote access to countless addiction treatment centers. In fact, The Office for the Advancement of Telehealth provides funds solely for the investment of telehealth services in remote areas. 

Addiction Treatment in Low-Income Urban Areas

Researchers are using telehealth to help low-income communities in urban areas that struggle with different drug crises and epidemics. One reason why researchers think that telehealth addiction treatment will benefit low-income urban areas is because of its affordability. Telehealth addiction treatment in low-income urban areas will also decrease both treatment costs and the number of relapse incidents in those areas. 

Telehealth Solutions for Mental Health Treatment

Telehealth solutions are plentiful when it comes to mental health treatment. Telehealth helps mental health treatment with accessibility and convenience, among other things. Just check out some of the issues within the mental health industry that telehealth provides solutions to below. 

Mental Healthcare Professionals

There is a shortage of mental health professionals in the United States right now. This makes it hard to provide mental health treatment to all those in need of it across the country. Telehealth allows mental health professionals to reach clientele in geographic regions of the country that need it. This helps rectify the issue.

Accessibility of All Types of Clients

People that are mobile-challenged or lack transportation always have issues receiving mental health care. Telehealth provided a solution for these people by giving them remote, online access to mental health treatment. 

People that are recovering from a major or long-term illness while at home also tend to have issues receiving mental health treatment. Telehealth helps give these people mental health treatment by allowing them to receive it online. 

Pitfalls of Telehealth Treatment

While there are numerous benefits of telehealth treatment, there are still a few pitfalls. Some of these pitfalls are being worked on as we speak. Some of the issues that telehealth treatment must improve on are stated below.

Telehealth and Medication-Assisted Treatment

One pitfall of telehealth is that people cannot receive it if they need medication to assist them in their addiction or mental health illness recovery, without also having an in-person physical examination. Therefore, you still cannot receive medication-assisted treatment online. 

Unwanted Barrier

Telehealth treatment is not done face-to-face. As a result, it can cause an unwanted emotional barrier between the mental health professional and the client. No research has been done to confirm this though. 

Lack of Insurance Coverage

Only 22 states in the U.S. have laws that require insurance companies to reimburse people for telehealth treatment. This is despite the fact that health insurance companies are required by law to cover regular in-person treatment for mental health and substance use disorders at the same rate as physical illnesses and surgeries. 

Low Telehealth Addiction Treatment Authorization

As beneficial as telehealth addiction treatment is, addiction counselors are the least likely to get authorized to perform treatment online. On the bright side, mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists and behavioral health providers, are the most likely to get authorized to provide online treatment. After them, social workers are the next most likely, followed by psychologists and then addiction counselors. 

Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center is Here For You

Now that you understand both the benefits of telehealth treatment and the pitfalls of telehealth treatment, it is time for you to pick a treatment format. Regardless of what form of treatment you choose, Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center is here for you. 

Our philosophy at Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center is that we want the best outcome for our members. This is because meeting the needs of our members is our primary concern. At Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center, we provide partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment. 

To learn about the other treatment services that we offer, contact us anytime. 

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