UPDATE MAY 2021: Telehealth services are not currently being offered as the world continues to open up and our in-person treatment services have been able to resume in full. We will continue to monitor the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and telehealth services will always be a resource available should we need them as our top priority is providing quality care for individuals in need.
In a COVID-19 world, therapists must be more creative than ever to help clients overcome drug and alcohol use disorders. At Integrative Life Center in Nashville, TN, we now offer telehealth services to ensure that everyone has access to life-changing services at our addiction treatment center. We also have a telehealth program at our mental health treatment center. Find out more about telehealth services and how they can help you continue your road to recovery.
What Are Telehealth Services?
Telehealth services use telecommunication to provide care when you cannot directly visit your doctor or therapist. If you have a phone or device that can connect to the internet, you can participate in the following services from our addiction treatment center:
- Talk to your doctor via video chat.
- Exchange messages using email, secure file exchange, and chat messaging.
- Benefit from remote monitoring so your therapist can check on you at home.
Three Benefits of Telehealth Services
Here are the three main benefits of using telehealth services to access our mental health treatment center or addiction treatment center.
Digital Tools to Support Recovery
You can use digital tools such as your laptop or smartphone to access treatment from our licensed therapists. These sessions can extend individual treatment programs. Like other healthcare and mental health facilities, we are adjusting to the restrictions following the global pandemic.
More research will reveal the efficacy of telehealth services for addiction recovery. However, it can provide an important lifeline if you are at immediate risk of a relapse. Before you take a drink or use drugs, reach out to our dedicated staff using our teleservices program.
A Lifeline When Face to Face Therapy Is Not Possible
Without a doubt, face-to-face treatment in an individual or group setting provides the most effective results for addiction therapy. However, in the current state of the world, we have to acknowledge that we can’t always be in the same room with clients. Telehealth services make it possible to continue therapy under these difficult circumstances.
Even when things return to normal, telehealth services make it possible to communicate and monitor clients in specific situations such as the following:
- Rural locations: If you live in a remote area, you may not be able to attend one of our residential or outpatient addiction recovery programs in person. In this case, we may be able to introduce Telehealth services as part of your recovery program.
- Psychoeducation: Telehealth services enable us to deliver information on recovery and making smart lifestyle choices.
- Medication reminders: Telehealth services help remind you of medication schedules.
- Added patient privacy: If you choose to receive your care privately, we may be able to implement telehealth services so that you can get the treatment you need anonymously.
Teleservice Therapy Is Convenient and Works
The online treatment provides an effective face to face therapy sessions for co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Studies indicate that online treatment of behavioral health may be as effective as face-to-face therapy for many mental health and co-occurring disorders. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) lends itself well to a digital format.
Dr. Anita Johnston, Integrative Life Center’s Executive Director of Eating Disorders, has successfully used virtual services to help clients with eating disorders. With patience and consistency, other therapists are learning the best ways to communicate with those recovering from drug and alcohol addictions via the online format.
In any case, treatments conducted in virtual sessions may herald substance abuse treatment programs of the future. It also provides a way to extend care following discharge from a residential treatment program.
Telehealth Services at Integrative Life Center
At Integrative Life Center, we use telehealth services to supplement residential and outpatient treatment. Our telehealth program has proven an effective tool for our addiction treatment center in Nashville. If you need a flexible mental health treatment center in Tennessee, contact us at 615.455.3903 to get started on your recovery today.