Considering the COVID-19 pandemic that impacted the world, healthcare facilities throughout the United States took immediate action to ensure their patients did not miss any of their vital care or treatment. Included in these added efforts was telehealth or telemedicine. This is a remote or online form of healthcare that allows patients to connect with their doctors no matter where they are. To ensure that our clients never miss a beat, Banyan Treatment Centers offers Pennsylvania telehealth for addiction.
What Are the Benefits of Telehealth?
Telehealth allows patients to connect with their doctors, counselors, and therapists over the phone, via text message, and over video chat. COVID-19 opened the doors to many changes in the medical field, including the distribution of substance abuse treatment. In response, Banyan’s nationwide addiction treatment centers immediately began to build a safe and effective plan for online addiction treatment.
Consistency and accountability are key when it comes to treating substance use disorders, and a major concern for our specialists and patients during the pandemic was how we would implement continuous care. Fortunately, we have added PA telehealth to our services, expanding our bandwidth of care and allowing us to reach and help as many people as possible.
Improved technology has made it possible for us to offer patients care online, even for those who do not consider themselves to be computer whizzes. Patients of our Philadelphia drug treatment center can utilize our telehealth services to fulfill their program requirements and stick with their treatment plans no matter where they are or what their schedules look like.
Telehealth substance abuse treatment offers a variety of benefits, including:
- Comfort and convenience: Telehealth cuts out commuting and allows clients to meet with their counselors and therapists from the comfort of their homes. Virtual visits are also easier to fit into your schedule, allowing you the flexibility you need to focus on school, home responsibilities, childcare, and any other obligations you have.
- Control of infectious illnesses: Because telehealth allows everyone to stay at home, implementing this system has also allowed our facility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as other infectious diseases like the flu. Our addiction specialists can use telehealth appointments to continue working with patients without risking infection. This is an added comfort to both our team and our clients.
- Flexibility: As we previously mentioned, flexibility is a bonus with virtual addiction treatment. This system allows our clients to focus on responsibilities like childcare, work, and spending time with loved ones.
- Recovery practice: Because the goal of addiction recovery is to get and stay sober, our Pennsylvania telehealth treatment allows patients to “practice” independence before they dive into life without rehab.
Who We Treat at Our Telehealth Rehab
Our facility treats different demographics to ensure we help as many people as possible in our community. We offer addiction treatment to adults ages 18 and older, including:
- Adults with mental health disorders
- Adults with substance use disorders
- College students (ages 18 and older)
- Executives and other high-level professionals with addiction or mental illness
- First responders
- Pregnant women with addictions and/or mental illnesses
- Veterans and their families
Each of these groups is in a different stage of life, meaning their needs may vary. For example, a husband and father battling alcoholism may have unique needs and require a different form of care than a pregnant woman with a mental health disorder. For this reason, treatment plans are always customized according to the patient’s condition, medical history, and more.
Our Telehealth in PA
Our telehealth program administers treatment on an intensive outpatient level, otherwise referred to as an intensive outpatient program (IOP). In addition to the weekly sessions normal to this program, our facility incorporates numerous supplemental services, including:
- Veterans Program: Our facility offers a specialized program for active-duty service members and veterans. This demographic is often exposed to trauma and combat, which is why mental illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders are common among this group. To ensure our service members, both past and present, receive the care they need, we have created an individualized Military and Veterans in Recovery program.
- Faith-Based Program: Even if someone is not religious, we believe spirituality plays a key role in addiction recovery. We believe this so strongly that we created a Faith in Recovery program that helps clients build and/or rebuild their relationship with God or understand how to apply spiritual techniques to their sobriety.
- Family Therapy: Having a strong and loving support system at home is important for sustaining long-term sobriety. It is often an individual’s family that will encourage and help them find treatment. Family members are also usually the ones who feel the brunt of the individual’s addiction outside of their personal struggles, which can make their lives difficult, as well. To help clients and their loved ones, our facility has incorporated our Family Program into our telehealth services.
- SMART Recovery: Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery is another level of support offered in our telehealth program that consists of mutual support meetings. Like our 12-step meetings, these meetings are a powerful tool to understand clients’ issues, overcome urges to use or drink, and talk out common recovery struggles with others who can relate.
- 12-Step Program: The 12-step program or 12-step meetings are part of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), both of which are nationwide recovery groups that offer group guidance and counseling to individuals recovering from drug addiction and alcoholism. Banyan Philadelphia also offers 12-step meetings as part of our telehealth curriculum to offer additional support to clients who are both in and graduated from our treatment programs.
Additional evidence-based treatments offered at our facility as part of our Pennsylvania telehealth treatment program 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)
Contact Our Telehealth Rehab Today
If you or a loved one is adjusting to a sober lifestyle and need extra support, consider our telehealth program. Contact Banyan Treatment Centers today for more information about our online and in-person Philadelphia substance abuse programs.