Can addiction be treated? Yes, but it’s not simple.
Addiction Telehealth Outpatient Counseling
At Ambrosia Treatment Center addiction Telehealth outpatient counseling involves the use of technologies such as telephone-based services, videoconferencing, texting, smartphone applications, and web-based tools to provide care over a distance without requiring patients to travel to a clinic or provider’s office. Some consider the term telehealth to apply to the general use of technology while telemedicine is considered clinical. Ambrosia is proud to offer outpatient addiction teletherapy. Please call us to schedule your telehealth session.
Ambrosia’s telehealth addiction recovery success is backed by:
- 5-Star Rated Drug Alcohol Rehab Treatment Programs
- 98% Satisfaction Rate Reported by Clients Treated
- Top Accreditations w/ 10+ year track record & 10K+ Recovery Success Stories
- Lush green palms tree-lined peaceful comfortable first-class rehab facilities w/ amenities away from triggers
- Science-based clinical, dual-diagnosis, trauma, holistic, mental health treatment for drug & alcohol abuse
- FREE vetted referrals: if we don’t have a bed for you we’ve got you covered and can provide referrals
Does Telehealth Addiction Treatment Work Effectively?
We’ve conducted research for the systematic review of interventions delivering substance abuse treatment via video conferencing that assessed impacts on clinical outcomes, retention in treatment, and acceptability and feasibility. Interventions were categorized by substances, including alcohol and opioids. Several studies suggest that telemedicine could be associated with improved treatment retention when compared to participants having to travel for in-person treatment. Despite some of the current limitations of the studies, the researchers conclude that telemedicine-delivered treatments are a promising alternative, especially when evidence-based treatments are not readily available. For specific treatment and substance use categories, particularly when treatment retention is the key outcome, it is also possible that telemedicine could result in greater treatment retention due to increased accessibility for patients.2
A systematic review of 22 articles from three regions (the United States, the European Union, and Australia) establishes that telemedicine reduces alcohol consumption. Other common outcomes included reduced depression, increased patient satisfaction, increase in accessibility, increased quality of life, and decreased cost. Interventions included mobile health, electronic health, telephone and two-way video.
Telemedicine can allow patients with opioid use disorder to stay in treatment and receive counseling to further their recovery. Through enhanced convenience, reduced travel time and cost savings, telemedicine offers additional benefits for patients, physicians, and the greater health care system.
Three pilot projects have demonstrated the clinical potential for prescribing buprenorphine via telemedicine.
Telehealth Digital Tools for Addiction Recovery
Digital tools, such as smartphone applications or text messaging, can also be used by substance-use disorder treatment professionals to complement individual treatment plans.
There is a limited amount of research on the results of digital recovery support programs. Research on one app has shown a decrease in risky drinking and higher levels of abstinence than usual care. Research indicates a decrease in hazardous drinking days, and texting interventions with mobile apps have produced positive results.
Addiction Treatment Telemedicine Methods
A study by Molfenter examined the interest of purchasers of substance abuse treatment in five states and one county (Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, South Carolina and San Mateo County, California) in telemedicine services. The technologies that generated the greatest interest were videoconferencing and smartphone mobile apps. The primary benefits identified for videoconferencing were greater access to services for rural patients and greater access to physicians who could prescribe Suboxone® for opioid dependence. Smartphone mobile apps greatest benefit identified was the ability to reach individuals in treatment recovery outside the treatment setting.
Telemedicine Visits for Substance Use Disorders
Huskamp shows that during the period 2010-2017, the number of substance use disorder treatments initiated each year telemedically by examining data from a large commercial insurer increased rapidly from 97 to 1,989. Although the number of visits increased rapidly in a short time, they accounted for only 1.4% of all telemedicine visits. Comparatively, telemental health visits increased from 2,039 to 54,175—and accounted for 34.5 percent of all telemedicine visits for any health condition in that same time period. The researchers conclude that much work still needs to be done to get more people using telehealth for addiction treatment.
Addiction Teletherapy Treatment Conclusion
Substance use disorders have a chronic nature, which calls for ways for clinicians to stay connected with patients over long periods of time. Telemedicine is a cost-effective way to make addiction services more accessible by removing the barriers of geography and stigma. Although telemedicine holds the promise of supporting recovery and treating patients with substance use disorders, it is underutilized in treatment facilities. If interested in what Ambrosia treatment center has to offer please call today!