As the nation continues to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other variants, addiction treatment centers like our Banyan rehab locations are taking the necessary precautions to keep patients safe. When the pandemic first hit, many were left wondering how they would continue their rehab programs. How would they get the healthcare they need if they could not attend in-person doctor's appointments? To ensure that clients continue to receive the care and support they need during recovery, Banyan Treatment Centers offer Illinois telehealth for addiction at our Chicago location.
Benefits of Telehealth Addiction Treatment
Otherwise referred to as telemedicine, telehealth is a form of healthcare in which patients can receive treatment and counseling virtually. Healthcare providers may utilize online platforms like Zoom and Skype to video chat, call, and message patients to discuss their symptoms and treatment.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced medical facilities like substance abuse treatment centers to offer new ways to reach out and treat their patients and help them stay on track no matter where they are. Continuity and consistency are crucial when it comes to addiction recovery and offering services that patients can access remotely allows us to stick with these goals.
Improved and advanced technology has made our Illinois telehealth for addiction easier to implement, even for those who do not consider themselves proficient with technology. Patients in our outpatient programs can utilize telehealth to fulfill their treatment requirements and stay connected to our counselors, sponsors, and specialists.
Our Illinois telehealth addiction services offer a variety of benefits, including:
- Comfort and convenience: With telehealth, patients do not have to drive to our facilities. They can meet with one of our specialists from the comfort of their homes. Virtual medical visits can be easier to fit into their schedules, allowing patients to be flexible in their day-to-day lives while sticking with their programs.
- Control of infectious illnesses: Telehealth and remote medical services have also helped to prevent the spread of COVID-19, flu, and other infectious diseases. Our treatment specialists use telehealth appointments to continue treating patients without risking infection. It also allows anyone who is sick from having to leave the comfort of their home.
- Thorough assessment: Telehealth can also give our specialists some insight into our patients’ home environments. Simply observing the background of their homes or how busy their homes are can help us determine any triggers they may need to be aware of.
- Flexibility: As we previously mentioned, telehealth allows patients to enjoy a flexible schedule, allowing them to spend more time with loved ones and focus on responsibilities like work and caring for their families.
- Recovery practice: Considering that the goal of addiction treatment is to get and stay sober, telehealth addiction counseling and treatment allows patients to “practice” being independent in recovery.
Who We Treat
Our telehealth Chicago treatment treats a variety of demographics to ensure we help as many people and communities as possible. Our telehealth services are offered to adults ages 18 and older, including:
- Adults with substance use disorders
- College students (ages 18 and older)
- Executives and other high-level professionals with addiction
- First responders
- Active-duty and veterans with addictions and their families
Each of these groups is in a different stage of life, meaning their needs and treatment plans may be different. For example, a first responder who is struggling with drug abuse may differ in their needs from a single mother with an alcohol use disorder. Our Illinois telehealth for addiction is flexible enough to be customized according to each client’s needs.
What Our Telehealth Program Offers
While our Illinois facilities offer various levels of addiction treatment for patients receiving care at our facility, these levels change for those in our telehealth program. All services are held at an intensive outpatient level, otherwise called an intensive outpatient program (IOP). In addition to offering care that follows the parameters of this program, our specialists also utilize various types of evidence-based therapies.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
IOP is a step down from partial hospitalization treatment, which is a more intensive form of outpatient care. Our telehealth IOP is best for patients who have already undergone medically monitored detox and intensive care (such as residential treatment) and need help adjusting to a sober lifestyle.
IOP consists of 3 hour-long sessions 3 days a week, during which patients work with therapists to discuss their progress, challenges they are experiencing, and more. Family therapy may also be offered in this program to help patients make amends with their loved ones and develop a dedicated support system.
In addition to these programs, specialists at our rehab center utilize evidence-based modalities to address the mental and behavioral aspects of addiction. These treatment methods include:
- Anger Management
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Family Therapy
- Individual and Group Therapy
- Life Skills
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Reality Therapy
- Relapse Prevention
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
Get Started Today
If you or someone you care about is battling a drug or alcohol use disorder, do not wait to get help. Contact Banyan Treatment Centers to learn more about our in-person and online addiction treatment options.