Over 20 million Americans are experiencing substance use disorder, but unfortunately, only about 10% of them will receive treatment. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, almost all substance use disorder treatment was conducted in person. Still, like most types of health care, addiction treatment was also forced to shift to a telehealth services model during this time of public health crisis. The benefits of online addiction treatment are still being studied, but virtual addiction treatment has allowed people to access recovery care from the comfort and privacy of their own homes.
Programs that feature LGBTQ+ telehealth services can offer access to recovery care that is accepting and culturally appropriate to clients who might otherwise have difficulty accessing the kind of treatment that they need. To learn more, contact Pride Institute at 888.408.1625 or online.
Five Benefits of Telehealth Addiction Treatment
- Ease of access to care – For clients who have work, school, or family obligations that they need to maintain or clients who live in areas without as many choices for recovery care, telehealth addiction treatment can offer an alternative that works. Telehealth services can be scheduled with more flexibility than traditional in-person addiction treatment and do not require access to transportation or taking time off of work or school.
- Increased privacy – Many people are concerned about the stigma of receiving treatment for a substance use disorder, and access to recovery care via telehealth can allow clients to maintain their privacy while still receiving the care and support they need.
- Greater access to support network – Clients who are able to seek treatment via telehealth can also attend support groups and other peer events. This has the benefit of allowing clients to participate in a strong support network regardless of schedule or geographical location. Since support systems are a very important aspect of maintaining recovery, this is a great benefit of telehealth.
- Removal of obstacles to treatment participation – Participating in substance use disorder treatment via telehealth can be exceedingly convenient compared to traditional in-person treatment. This may make it easier for some clients to participate more frequently or to keep up with treatment even when other obligations in life are pressing.
- Continuity of care – Even those who have participated in an in-person treatment program may find it easier or more convenient to continue their recovery care via telehealth. This can help clients who are concerned about being able to meet their daily life obligations while still maintaining access to their care network and support system.
How Is LGBTQ+-specific Treatment Different?
Even though more treatment programs than ever are welcoming and embracing to people of all identities and orientations, members of the LGBTQ+ community do have specific and unique needs when it comes to recovery care. Members of the LGBTQ+ community can benefit from participating in programs where they can focus on recovery while feeling comfortable and honored as their authentic selves. In an LGBTQ+-specific treatment program, peers may have similar experiences and backgrounds, and staff are specially trained to understand the cultural and recovery needs of members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Pride Institute: Serving the Recovery Care Needs of the LGBTQ+ Community Since 1986
At our treatment centers in Minneapolis and Eden Prairie, Minnesota, our programming has been specifically designed with the needs of the LGBTQ+ community in mind. We welcome, embrace, and honor our clients and their families as they pursue their path of recovery. If you or someone you care about has been struggling with substance abuse or addiction, reach out to our caring and compassionate staff today at 888.408.1625 or online and learn what we can do to help guide and support you during this challenging time. Seeking help for substance use disorder may be the bravest thing you ever do.