Is Online Addiction Treatment a Good Option?
It has never been easier to get help with substance abuse. Even online addiction treatment is an option. Is it as comprehensive or effective as traditional programs? That’s hard to say. E-therapy hasn’t been around that long.
Treatment is never one-size-fits-all. Before you decide what’s best for you, carefully weigh the pros and cons.
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The Pros and Cons of Online Addiction Treatment
There’s no denying that online formats are convenient. Hectic schedules, lack of transportation and physical disabilities are not barriers to getting treatment.
Counseling takes place via live video conference. You can take part using a personal computer, a tablet or your cellphone.
Online programs incorporate many of the proven methods used in Orange County drug rehabs. They offer cognitive behavioral therapy, 12-step models, skills training and even peer group meetings. Innovative new approaches may also be tried.
You will have access to educational resources at your fingertips. There are refresher courses for long-term recovery and 24/7 support services.
However, there are some downsides.
Depending on the severity of your addiction, you may need detox services for drug or alcohol withdrawal. This is often a physically and emotionally rough few days. Obviously, there is no way to supervise your progress or make you more comfortable in an online format.
Distractions are likely to be a problem early on. People who physically enter rehab are separated from sources of stress. Jobs, strained relationships and social situations that trigger substance abuse are put on hold. Inpatients can fully focus on their treatment.
Even with encryption in place, privacy may be a challenge if your sessions take place on a shared computer. Another downside is the possibility of technological glitches. It’s frustrating to miss a session or have one interrupted by network trouble.
Some insurance plans offer only limited coverage for e-therapy. If your insurance company will reimburse you, make sure that your caregivers are in-network.
Finally, there’s a lot to be said for the face-to-face, personal touch. Body language doesn’t translate as well in video conferences. Nonverbal signals might go unnoticed.
In short, there are subtle but significant benefits to in-person therapy.
If you do decide to seek help online, make sure that the program you choose is certified by the State of California and accredited by the Joint Commission. As for therapists and counselors, do your homework. They should be licensed and experienced in substance abuse. Also, the American Psychological Association recommends extensive training specifically for online therapy.
The Pros and Cons of Orange County Inpatient Addiction Treatment
Let’s face it. Attending rehab in person is inconvenient. That’s why so many addicted people hit rock bottom before admitting that they need professional help.
Aside from that, there are numerous advantages.
Withdrawing from drugs or alcohol in your own bed is far more difficult and less likely to succeed than withdrawing in a serene, supportive environment. Most clients experience mild physical discomfort and emotional mood swings. However, depending on the severity of your addiction, withdrawing on your own could be dangerous.
In a rehab facility, you’ll get lots of emotional support. Medical professionals will monitor your condition 24/7. Substance abuse takes a heavy toll on the body, so you may not be as healthy as you think. Our staff will work to replenish lost nutrients and get you stable for therapy.
After a thorough assessment, your treatment plan will be tailor-made to suit your needs. It will target underlying factors, like eating disorder or sexual abuse, along with the addiction itself.
Temporary separation from family members, friends and coworkers is one of the greatest benefits of inpatient treatment. This is your time to learn more about addiction, gain better coping skills and reflect on your goals and dreams. There’s nothing to distract you.
In group sessions, peers who are on the same journey will root for you. Their personal stories and tips for avoiding relapse will motivate you to press on. Rehab is a safe place to speak freely about your struggles. No one will judge you or make light of your fears about the future.
You’ll also enjoy socializing with your peers. Group members get together for exercise classes, yoga, hiking and team sports. They take shopping trips, schedule game nights, go to movies and discuss books. The social aspect of inpatient rehab is great practice for a life of sobriety. Some clients form lifelong friendships and lean on one another when the going gets rough.
The importance of accountability can’t be overstated, and it’s much harder to come by in online treatment. Will you be able to avoid your favorite bars? Can you tell that friend you regularly partied with that you need some distance for a while? Will your rocky marriage or problem teenager trigger cravings?
These are tough questions that only you can answer, but one thing is for sure: Either form of treatment is better than no treatment at all.
Orange county drug rehab centers are staffed with experienced professionals. They are committed to helping people heal and reclaim their lives.
To make the most informed decision about your treatment, call Ocean Hills Recovery to speak with one of our caring counselors. Get on the road to recovery today.
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About the author:
Nicole earned her doctoral degree in Psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy at California School of Professional Psychology. Her doctoral thesis was a grounded theory study exploring the role of alienation and connectedness in the life course of addiction. She specializes in treating addiction and trauma. She is certified in DBT and EMDR, two of the most highly regarded evidence-based methods in psychotherapy. Dr. Doss is a strong LGBT advocate and provides open and affirming support to her LGBT clients.
Dr. Doss’s earlier education included graduating cum laude from the University of California, Irvine in June of 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While there, she received honors recognition by Psi Chi and Golden Key honor societies.
Nicole has been working with alcoholics and addicts in our California drug and alcohol rehab center as an advisor and counselor for many years. She is passionate about providing quality counseling and care to her clients. Her main focus is on integrating the 12 Step and disease models of addiction with experiential therapeutic theory. She is married to Greg; they have two adorable sons together and an energetic yellow Labrador Retriever.