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If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction, you may be considering outpatient rehab. Addiction treatment programs that are outpatient allow patients to live at home and continue going to their school or office while working on overcoming their substance use disorders (SUDs). But what if you need an even more flexible option? A virtual outpatient program may be right for you.

Skywood Outpatient offers virtual addiction counseling in Royal Oak, Michigan. Call 248.617.6237 to learn the difference between standard outpatient treatment and an online outpatient program for addiction treatment today.

What Is an Online Outpatient Program?

An online outpatient program provides treatment in an outpatient format that is also entirely virtual. This definition means that you can receive treatment from the comfort of your own home.

Online outpatient programs are becoming increasingly popular as they offer a more flexible option for people who need treatment but cannot commit to attending in-person appointments. Virtual addiction counseling is a good option for people living in rural areas with limited access to addiction treatment. It is also a good option for people who have busy schedules or need a more flexible treatment option.

A virtual outpatient program for addiction treatment typically includes the following:

  • Individual therapy – Patients meet virtually with their therapist to work on individualized treatment plans.
  • Group therapy – Patients participate in group therapy sessions virtually. These groups will be led by a licensed therapist and focus on addiction and recovery topics.
  • Family therapy – Patients and their families participate in virtual family therapy sessions. Family therapy can help to heal relationships that have been damaged by addiction.
  • 12-step meetings – Patients participate in virtual 12-step meetings. These meetings can provide support and accountability as they work on recovery.

Patients meet with their counselor via video conferencing weekly. They also have access to 24/7 support from their recovery staff. In addition, they may be required to attend weekly 12-step meetings.

What Are the Benefits of Undergoing a Virtual Outpatient Program for Addiction Treatment?

There are many advantages to undergoing a virtual outpatient program for addiction treatment, especially for people who believe that standard outpatient treatment needs more commitment than they can give. These benefits include:

  • Ability to receive care from the comfort of your own home
  • Access to care from anywhere in the world
  • Convenient scheduling options
  • Increased flexibility
  • More affordable than traditional outpatient programs
  • No need to take time off from work or school

Most online outpatient programs can accommodate patients with packed schedules and multiple daily responsibilities, as programs like this often regard flexibility as their primary benefit. However, daytime video conferencing is often what’s most available. You must also have a reliable internet connection and a smart device or computer to participate in any virtual treatment program. It would help if you are comfortable with using technology.

While online outpatient programs primarily consist of virtual sessions, you may be required to attend some in-person appointments, such as a medical appointment or lab testing. You may also first be required to undergo an in-person assessment, so the recovery staff can evaluate your case and diagnose your specific SUD.