How is Telemedicine Used in Addiction Treatment?

How is Telemedicine Used in Addiction Treatment?

Technology has given us many innovative approaches to modern challenges, and this certainly applies to the realm of addiction recovery. Telemedicine in particular can take many forms, as The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) describes:

–       Videoconferencing

–       Internet

–       Store-and-forward imaging

–       Streaming media

–       Wireless communications

According to a 2018 study published in the International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications, the top 3 reported telemedicine applications are through computerized/screening assessments, telephone-based recovery supports, and telephone-based therapy. Telemedicine opens many pathways for those in addiction recovery, as individuals can find enhanced treatment support – along with support for family members who may be too far in distance to receive updates on their loved one in person.

The University of Arizona highlights that telemedicine can encourage family members to become more actively engaged in their loved one’s recovery progress by allowing them to share their own questions, goals, and beliefs, by connecting family members with 12-Step resources such as Al-Anon and other support groups, and by helping prepare family members for their loved one’s return home. Ultimately, the goal of telemedicine is to further empower those in recovery by providing them with quality care and support.

Another study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin emphasized that texting appointment reminders and mobile apps for post-treatment support and recovery support chats can further benefit those in recovery as they continue to pave their path to healing and restoration.

Those who participate in residential treatment will find that the structure and support greatly benefit their recovery goals, while family members can participate in telemedicine to stay up-to-date on the needs of their loved one in order to ensure they provide adequate support. After all, telemedicine opens more pathways for communication – which promotes the involvement of the entire family.

If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

Saving Lives; Healing Families.

Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.