– March 31, 2017

Treatment for drug addiction, alcoholism, and co-occurring mental health conditions like depression isn’t an option for everyone. Financial availability, time availability, and prevailing responsibilities can get in the way of someone being able to take time off from their lives to attend treatment. Online therapy, also known as cyber therapy, teletherapy and e-therapy, are becoming popular modalities of treatment to help people. Talking through their problems, learning important skills like coping mechanisms and stress reduction techniques can all be made available through online platforms. Online education platforms have successfully been helping people receive an education and receive certifications for many years now. Therapy would seem to be a natural evolution.

How Does Online Therapy Work?

Online therapy can take different forms. Some platforms are done as simply as through text messaging. Others are full online immersive experiences, similar to the virtual classrooms used for online universities. Teletherapy is conducted through the phone. Therapists conducting online therapy use proven therapeutic techniques like dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Patients are guided through the therapeutic process in the same goal-oriented way as any other therapy. Self-guided therapy is also becoming a popular avenue.

Is Online Treatment Effective?

Slowly, studies are being released showing the immediate effects on online treatment. Most studies focus on the efficacy of online treatment for depression. One study in Canada found that online cognitive behavioral therapy helped with body image and depression in women with breast cancer. Other studies are showing that online cognitive behavioral therapy could be helpful in reducing depression in older populations who have symptoms of alzheimer’s or dementia. Since the technology is still young, there are not yet any longitudinal studies to show how effective online therapy is overtime.

Are Traditional Treatment Centers In Danger?

Connection is a powerful tool in treating addiction and mental illness like depression. Face to face interactions, connecting with peers, and engaging in social activity are essential components for productive treatment and a healthy, happy life. The journey one takes with a therapist is intimate and personal. Each individual will decide if online therapy is better for them compared to traditional in person therapy. However, in areas where mental health demands are rising, the availability of mental health professionals is lowering. Academic societies are concerned that the number of students aiming for a future in mental health professions is dwindling. Online therapy, using new certifications, could be the future of mental health treatment.

Choosing treatment is a big commitment. Get Real Recovery makes sure that your time in treatment is effective and productive. By discovering underlying issues and adverse behaviors, our programs eliminate self-sabotage by boosting self-esteem and creating the tools necessary for a successful life in sobriety. For more information, call 866-983-3651.

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