In previous posts, we’ve discussed the high cost of rehab, and how it can discourage people from getting help. Attending a rehabilitation facility can also be an issue of time and privacy. For many people, skipping work and putting their personal lives on hold is not a possibility. This helps create a situation in which many people don’t look for assistance until their drinking is taking a serious toll on their lives. With the development of telemedicine, this no longer needs to be the case. “Rehab at home” has now become an affordable possibility throughout much of the United States.
The Trouble With Traditional Rehab
There are many rehabilitation facilities out there, but how many people really know what the word “rehab” means? As John Oliver points out in his 20 minute segment on the rehabilitation industry, the definition of rehab has become increasingly vague. In fact, many programs offer services that have little basis in science. With costs ranging from $7,500 to $80,000 per month, and surprisingly low success rates, it is understandable if some people are skeptical of the idea of rehab.
What rehab should mean is a series of evidence-based methods to treat alcohol and other drug addictions over a period of time. Fortunately, such methods do exist. As time goes by, approaches like medication assisted treatment and cognitive behavioral therapy are gaining more traction. The main issue, up to this point, has been accessibility. With a shortage of licensed addiction specialists and certified addiction coaches in many parts of the country, it has been hard for many people to access this care.
How Telemedicine Helps
Now that smartphone technology and internet access are widespread, it is possible for people to meet with doctors from the comfort of home. Many telemedicine apps have launched in the past few years, and this trend is now spreading into the world of addiction treatment. This is a huge advantage, because it finally makes it possible to give high quality, science-based care to many more people, at a much lower cost. On top of this, telemedicine allows people to get help in private, without the stigma and disruption of checking into a program. Essentially, it makes the whole process of overcoming alcohol addiction much more convenient, and much easier to follow through on.
Telemedicine also eases time limits. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends people spend at least 90 days in treatment to get lasting results. If you feel you cannot afford this kind of interruption in your life, you aren’t alone. With telemedicine, however, you can continue to meet with your coaches and doctors for as long as you need to. “Rehab at home” fits into your schedule, and is affordable enough that you can stick with it.
How Rehab at Home Works
Ria Health’s telemedicine program begins with meeting a doctor over video chat, and coming up with a treatment plan together. Once you decide on a path forward, you will get access to a number of tools via your smartphone, including:
- Weekly one-on-one online meetings with a certified addiction coach
- A mobile breathalyzer and an app to help you track your progress
- Meetings with medical doctors and 24/7 support
- Access to several medications that can help reduce alcohol cravings, including naltrexone, acamprosate, and gabapentin
- Online support groups with other members of the program, guided by a certified coach
All of our methods are evidence-based, and all of our coaches are trained in cognitive behavioral therapy. This includes motivational interviewing, and SMART goal setting (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Trackable). We also offer members a range of choices, from abstinence to moderation. This means that if your goal is simply to cut back on how much you drink, our app can help you get there. You can pursue abstinence at a later point if you so choose. Learn more about how our program works, or see for yourself how well it works.
The Future of Rehab
If you’ve been wondering how you can reduce or stop drinking alcohol, and haven’t found a program that’s right for you, telemedicine may provide the answer. Get affordable, long-term care specialized to your goals, on your schedule, and from the privacy of home. Take the stigma and the hassle out of rehab. Get in touch today, and get on the way to your best self.