Telehealth for Addiction Treatment

A message From Our Founder and CEO:

The majority of us have never experienced anything like the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in our lifetime. We hope you are feeling safe in your community, taking the necessary precautions and taking this one day at a time. If you’re in Arizona you’re aware that we’ve been advised to postpone events where crowds are gathered to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus which means many AA fellowship meetings have ceased until April. Please visit this link for an online directory of all virtual AA meetings: http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php. As treatment teaches us, addiction thrives in isolation, but heals in community. We, at Scottsdale Recovery Center, are fully committed to protecting the well being and health of everyone in our abundant community.

SRC is pleased to announce that we are offering Telehealth for all clinical services for PHP and IOP including groups, individual and family sessions. This means that you can join our community from the comfort of your home through you cell phone or desktop computer. All you need is an internet connection and a desire to be a part of our SRC Family. We believe in the power of our COMMUNITY and that this offering will help us bridge the gap while fighting COVID-19.

Call 1-888-NODRUGS or email [email protected] please include your name and phone number and we’ll get you registered to attend within 24 hours. It only takes a few minutes to be on your way to continuing your recovery. We are here to help and be of maximum service to you. We are increasing all safety precautions recommended by the CDC and the Arizona Department of Health Services. Our Inpatient / Residential as well as our Outpatient Substance Abuse Programs will be continuing without interruption. In the meantime, be safe, take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Sincerely,

Chris Cohn and Lee Yaiva
Founder and CEO of Scottsdale Recovery Center
www.scottsdalerecovery.com
https://scottsdalerecovery.com/telehealth



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Use of Telehealth in Drug and Alcohol Rehabs

Research that assessed the interest in and use of 11 telemedicine applications in a sample of 363 substance use disorders organizations in the United States found that the top three self-reported telemedicine applications being used were (1) computerized screening/assessment (44.6%), (2) telephone-based recovery supports (29.5%) and (3) telephone-based therapy (28.37%). The same study found that the greatest gaps between interest and actual use were for (1) texting appointment reminders (55.2% differential), (2) mobile apps for post treatment recovery (46.6% differential) and (3) recovery support chats (46.6% differential).

Using data that was collected from 329 behavioral health provider and drug rehab organizations across the US, we can better understand the utilization of telehealth among behavioral health providers. According to the data, 48% of the behavioral health provider organizations used telehealth as apart of their behavioral health services. Most often, providers would use videoconferences for remote sessions. Psychiatrists and counselors are professionals that most often use this kind of service.

 

Telehealth: Pros and Cons

Substance abuse is a disorder that does not just go away. Because of the chronic nature of the disorder, clinicians often try to stay connected with their patients over time. The problem many people run into while searching for recovery is the availability. Whether it be due to geographical location, lack of funds, or stigma, this is a real issue. However, telemedicine is easily accessible for someone with internet or phone connection. It eliminates those barriers that prevent people from getting the necessary addiction treatments.

Using the data analyzed from state Medicaid as well as private rehab programs, we’ve learned that psychiatrists are most commonly authorized to perform telehealth. Social workers and psychologists come close after psychiatrists in terms of telehealth use. Addiction counselors, however, are behavioral health providers that use this kind of service the least. They are less likely to be approved for this kind of service when compared to psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors. But why is it that the behavioral health providers that need this service the most are the ones that are often approved the least? It could be due to the long list of licenses and credentials that the providers must have. Other issues they often run into are legal issues, issues with patient privacy, and other barriers to implementation.

 

Conclusion

Oftentimes, Substance abuse treatments are done in a face-to-face fashion. The future of telemedicine applications in SUD treatments is promising. Telemedicine can help people that are normally unable to access addiction & recovery services due to barriers. Scottsdale Recovery Center believes in the power of COMMUNITY and this offering will help them bridge the gap while fighting COVID-19, and moving into the future. Scottsdale Recovery Center, Founded in 2009, is considered Arizona’s premier drug and alcohol facility. With all levels of care, including Inpatient/ Residential, Outpatient & MAT services, SRC sets the mark for the most optimal substance abuse treatment experience in the nation and telehealth is a testament of the modernistic and constant improvement of our treatment organization in this very integral aspect of the healthcare industry. (Substance abuse addiction and treatment services.)

                                                    

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