We now do everything online, from getting our food to meeting our soulmates to earning the money that makes both possible. We’ve also been relying on remote spaces more and more to manage our mental health, including recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. Online rehab has become an increasingly viable form of behavioral therapy for those who are battling substance use disorder, nearly 19 million people across the country. The pandemic has not only shown us just how important increased access to mental healthcare is; but also that the ways to connect with therapists without having to go into an office.
Despite the increased popularity of online rehab, however, there is still a good deal of misinformation surrounding its merits, practices, and accessibility. Here are four myths about online rehab and why you should consider going if you need help:
Myth 1 – Online Rehab Isn’t as Good as In-Person Rehab
Remote behavioral rehab can be just as effective as its in-person counterpart. When we think of the purpose of behavioral rehab, to help you address and manage the origins, triggers, and sustaining factors associated with substance use, it’s entirely possible to accomplish these objectives in a virtual environment.
Not only can you meaningfully connect with your therapists and fellow patients in group or one-on-one settings; you can also access many traditional therapies used in rehab, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) are available in an online capacity.
Myth 2 – Online Rehab Isn’t “Worth It”
Rehab is not an “all or nothing” situation. Although it’s important to find the program that’s right for you, there are many layers to the rehab process, and you can explore the process incrementally. Online rehab can be used as a springboard to in-person treatment when you’re ready and able to get help. Rather than give up on treatment because you can’t get to a program right away, you can start the process by connecting with a program online.
Myth 3 – Online Treatment Centers Can’t Help Withdrawal
Online rehab is generally just one type of treatment offered as part of a full menu of in-person services. Many facilities that offer online rehab will also help with detox and medication management if you’re eligible for maintenance medications, like Suboxone or Vivitrol. You can still get help for your medical issues via telehealth appointments with your doctor. Virtual doctor’s appointments are fastly becoming just as common, if not more, than in-person visits for more routine medical visits.
Myth 4 – There Are No Good Online Rehab Programs
Recovery Unplugged offers quality, compassionate, evidence-based alcohol and drug treatment online to help those who can’t access in-person treatment. These options allow you or your loved one to get help while you:
- Maintain Your Career
- Stay Present in Your Family
- Enjoy More Independence and Privacy in Treatment
- Reduce Your Risk of COVID Infection
- Embrace what helps your mental health (travel, exercise, art, music, relaxation, etc.)
You don’t have to choose between your recovery and your life. Start the treatment process by choosing online rehab and take the first step toward a better future.