Also referred to as telemedicine, telehealth involves the use of technologies like laptops, tablets, and smartphones, as well as videoconferencing, texting, smartphone applications, and web-based tools, to provide care without requiring patients to travel to a clinic or provider’s office. Telehealth is used to treat a variety of disorders, including substance use and mental health disorders. Banyan Treatment Centers locations are one of the few providers that offer various telehealth levels of treatment for drugs, alcohol, and mental illness.  


What Is Telehealth Treatment? 

Telehealth treatment utilizes video chatting, phone calls, and text messaging via apps like Skype and Zoom to connect patients with their healthcare providers remotely. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Banyan rehab locations incorporated a telehealth program to ensure clients continue to receive care for their substance use and/or mental health disorders no matter where they were or the status of the nation.  

With this form of treatment comes three major benefits:  

  • Greater discretion for patients 
  • Instant access to recovery resources 
  • Wider access to our specialists  

The opioid crisis saw a recent spike during COVID-19 as patients attempted to cope with isolation and uncertainty in lockdown. The pandemic also restricted addiction treatment as facilities attempted to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Telehealth has proven a useful alternative to in-person substance abuse treatment and behavioral therapy during uncertain times, ensuring that those in recovery have access to the support they need.  

Our Virtual Substance Abuse Levels of Care 

Most facilities, including those in the Banyan family, offer various levels of care for substance abuse treatment to ensure that clients at every level of recovery receive the care that meets their needs. While we have multiple facilities in our family that offer inpatient care, our telehealth program is designed for individuals who would benefit from outpatient treatment. Below are the levels of treatment for addiction and mental illness offered in our telehealth program and the services they offer.  

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) 

The IOP level of care is used to address addiction, mental health disorders, and other conditions that do not require medically supervised detox or around-the-clock supervision. This form of care enables patients to continue their normal, daily lives in a way that residential rehab programs do not. Whereas residential treatment requires patients to live at the facility, clients in intensive outpatient programs live at home.  

Benefits of intensive outpatient programs include:  

  • Clients will have the chance to practice what they are learning and apply newly developed coping skills quickly. 
  • Easy and flexible access to treatment services that allow patients to sustain their day-to-day routines. 
  • High-intensity outpatient programs have a better success rate than other outpatient approaches. 
  • It is less expensive than residential treatment. 
  • Outpatient therapy is more private than inpatient therapy. 
  • Patients will be offered better access to treatment programs if they relapse. 
  • Patients will have a greater ability to develop a community-based support network. 
  • Patients will have more individual responsibility for their recovery, which can provide greater intrinsic rewards. 
  • The ability to participate in peer groups like Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous, meeting and learning from others in recovery. 

Our telehealth IOP offers even more flexibility for those with busy schedules who still want to receive treatment for their disorders. The goal of IOP treatment is to help clients transition more smoothly and seamlessly back into their families, communities, and sober lifestyles. Adjusting to life after rehab can be tough, but intensive outpatient care provides counseling that can help clients with relapse management.  

Outpatient Program  

Outpatient treatment (OP) is our least intensive form of care and is a step down from IOP. Our outpatient care comes with a minimum of 90 minutes of counseling per week, allowing patients even more flexibility as they adjust to their lives outside of rehab. Outpatient services focus on individual counseling, allowing our therapists to stay in touch with patients and help them work through any problems that may present themselves. Like IOP, our outpatient program is designed to help patients avoid relapse and properly cope with any situation that may present itself during recovery.  

Learn More About Our Banyan Telehealth Services  

Banyan offers both inpatient and telehealth addiction treatment levels of care to ensure that everyone who comes to us for help with their disorder gets it. We believe that everyone with addiction and/or mental illness deserves judgment-free support as they learn how to stay sober.  

For more information about our levels of substance abuse treatment, contact Banyan Treatment Centers today. 


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Most Insurance Plans Accepted

At Banyan Treatment Centers, our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.

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