Telehealth Addiction Treatment Clinic in NYC
Telehealth helps you to benefit from addiction treatments from the comfort of your own home rather than at a treatment facility. If you or someone you know is in need of telehealth services for addiction, talk to our board-certified psychiatric mental health and adult nurse practitioner, Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus at Marcellus Wellness & Addiction Services. We invite you to coctact us today or schedule an appointment online. Licensed in NY & NJ to bring you services online in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
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Compared to other areas of healthcare, substance abuse treatment is lacking in the area of technology. The telehealth area has not been implemented on a universal scale in recovery programs. Studies do show that telehealth can transform the way we rehabilitate people who are dealing with substance abuse issues. It has great potential in helping patients who are impacted by opioids, especially those who live in remote or rural areas.
Telehealth increases patient access to treatment options. It can also improve the quality and frequency of patient care. People living in more remote areas of the country or rural areas do not always have easy access to healthcare providers. Telehealth provides a way for people to communicate with healthcare professionals they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.
Telehealth allows patients to stay on track with their progress when they are away from the doctor’s office. The technology can remind them to continue to work toward their goal and stay on the path of sobriety. Lack of support and premature dismissal from a treatment program have detrimental effects on reaching the goal of sobriety. Telehealth technology can protect against these issues by offering continuous support through chats, motivational texts, and availability for patients to interact with clinicians outside of face-to-face sessions. These aspects can increase the success rates of people trying to overcome addictions, especially opioid addictions.
Telehealth provides a promising future in dealing with addictions. Patients have expressed interest in using this, but clinicians and abuse treatment facilities have as well. It offers a means to diversify treatment options that can improve patient recovery and well-being.
Understanding how effective telehealth programs in treating addictions is growing. In some areas, it shows that it offers more options for services than in-person programs. Since telehealth can have apps, texting, video meetings, and reminders available it makes it more convenient for patients. It has been shown to improve satisfaction with treatment programs, increased accessibility, lower cost, and reduced depression. It is showing that patients are more willing to stay with the program, which improves their chances of long-term sobriety.
A Maryland study showed that people in rural areas who were taking buprenorphine showed some good success in staying in the program for longer than three months, with almost one-third of the patients staying away from illicit drugs for longer than three months. A study in Ontario, Canada showed that after one year of buprenorphine or methadone therapy in conjunction with telehealth there was improved mental and physical health, reduce illicit drug use, reduced illegal activity, hospitalization, relapse, and mortality.
Certain telehealth technologies have shown to have more interest than some of the others. Videoconferencing and smartphone apps get the most attention. The benefits of these are greater access to services, physicians, and prescriptions, especially Suboxone for opioid dependence. Smartphone apps have the ability to reach individuals outside of the treatment setting.
Staying connected is essential in treating substance abuse disorders. A longer-term connection between clinicians and patients leads to greater success. It can also reduce the stigma that many people feel when dealing with recovery. There is great future potential for the use of telehealth in treating addictions, especially opioid addictions.
Marcellus Wellness & Addiction Services provides telehealth visits to patients. This allows for conversations in the comfort of your own home. Please call us to schedule an appointment and to learn how telehealth can work for you. You can also schedule an appointment using our online scheduling system. We are licensed in New Jersey and New York. We serve patients from Rockville Centre NY, Brooklyn NY, Queens NY, Staten Island NY, Manhattan NY, Bronx, NY and surrounding areas