Drug addiction is a very complex and chronic disease of the brain concerning the abuse of substances that directly affect your mental health. Admitting you have this illness is a step towards your betterment. After finally agreeing to yourself that you have this illness, the only logical step is to seek help. Of course, seeking help is an entirely different situation. It includes talking to other people about the problems you have and cooperating with them to facilitate your recovery. But what if you aren’t prepared to face your therapist in person, or do not have the means to afford your shrink? Thanks to advancements in both technology and psychology, there is now an online therapist who can assist you.
Everyone’s road to recovery is different. What matters is the acceptance of the problem, and you are brave enough to confront this and ask for help. Before, you only had the option of traditional therapy, where you had to show up to one on one counseling sessions. Now, there’s the option of online therapy. It is what its name suggests—therapy, but online.
How do you know if online therapy is for you? When do you have to consider online therapy? Traditional methods of treatment usually cost a lot more than online therapy. For one thing, online therapy is cheaper and more accessible as it does not require you to leave the safety of your home. Psychologists usually refer to any therapy delivered by telecommunication devices as telepsychology.
- Online Therapy Offers The Comforts Of Home
Online therapy is for you if you’re someone who wants therapy sessions that are inexpensive but still as effective. This type of therapy also offers the comforts of home as you recover. Since you do not have to leave home to attend your therapy sessions and talk to your therapist, you can do this lying down or sitting in your comfiest chair. Engaging in online therapy allows you a chance at recovery, still with a professional, but without the pressures of going to an intimidating place like a therapist’s office.
Some recovering patients prefer online therapy because it allows them to treat themselves in a place they are already familiar to. It reduces the fear of adjusting to something new and being forced to be acquainted with this new space for the next foreseeable months as you go on with your recovery. By engaging in e-therapy or online therapy, the fear of being seen entering a therapist’s office, which is a valid concern of most people undergoing therapy, is eliminated.
“In fact, it is useful for anyone who wants to keep their participation in therapy completely confidential,” wrote Ellyn Kaschak, PhD.
- Easily Accessible
Online therapy is easily accessible for the differently-abled who are also suffering from a mental illness and need treatment.
“It is extremely helpful for those in rural communities, for starters, who have no access to providers or extremely long waits, or those with transportation issues,” wrote Domenica Favero, PsyD.
Additionally, for those who can’t drive, online therapy is also an easy solution to their problem. Moreover, online therapy addresses these concerns of people who cannot attend therapy sessions in person:
a. the office is too far,
b. requires them to drive out,
c. the patient is scared of meeting triggers along the way,
d. needs time adjusting to a new environment,
e. looking for a cheaper alternative and
f. feels more comfortable engaging with a person online or through a screen.
The existence of online therapy now enables a lot more people in need of therapy an option to do their recovery on their own time, in their own safe place, and even semi-remotely. As a growing number of people spend their life online, they may be more comfortable with conducting their recovery through an online medium. As the goal of therapy in the first place is to help you understand your illness, what you’re going through and how to cope, the medium as to how help is delivered doesn’t have any profound differences.
With e-therapy, you’re still talking to a therapist and could still even join group therapy sessions. But you are given the option through email, video chat, texting or voice call. As every person’s road to recovery is different, catering to people who feel more at ease through an online medium would significantly increase their chances at a faster recovery.
The task of helping yourself get better is daunting. Luckily, there are numerous options available to help you recover at your own pace. With the existence of online therapy, people with mental health problems and concerns are given an alternative to facilitate their recovery through cheaper, more accessible methods. Especially with drug addiction, where patients usually dread going through rehabilitation or rehab—online therapy becomes a favorable option.
“Ask good questions, like: How does the process usually work? Is there a timeline? What does it cost? What kind of follow-up, referral, or other services do you offer? Have you dealt with issues like mine before? How do you think you can be most helpful to me? In the end, it’s your call,” says Jane Adams Ph.D.