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The answer to the question: Do virtual addiction treatments work? Is yes, but not always. For some people, virtual addiction treatment can yield successful results.

Addiction, also known as substance use disorder, is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as a chronic, relapsing brain disorder. It is characterized by compulsively engaging in rewarding stimuli (e.g., abusing drugs and/ or alcohol) without regard for consequence. The general treatment process for substance abuse and/ or addiction is often comprised of the following three stages in sequential order: detox, a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program, and aftercare. The path of recovery from substance abuse and/ or addiction is not entirely linear, nor will it be the same for every person. More so, there is a reason why there is a vast array of treatment options when it comes to recovering from substance abuse and/ or addiction: it is because every person is different. 

There is no universal treatment method that proves successful for every person struggling with substance abuse and/ or addiction, as everyone has nuanced needs when it comes to the recovery process. The recovery process is entirely personal, and it will be directly informed by one’s personality, mental health, and emotional needs. Seven out of the eight published studies that compared addiction treatment via telehealth with in-person treatment found telehealth treatment as effective but not more effective than in-person treatment in terms of retention, therapeutic alliance, and substance use. New research suggests that providing virtual addiction treatment may increase patient engagement by improving access and convenience. However, additional research is required to confirm this benefit. Not all individuals will find virtual addiction treatment helpful, and conversely, some individuals may find virtual addiction treatment to resonate more than traditional in-person treatment options.

Further Information and Support

Navigating the challenges that arise from living with mental illness, struggling with substance abuse, and/ or addiction can not only be all-consuming but are often impossible to effectively handle without proper support. If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding mental illness, substance abuse, and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. Bear in mind that you do not have to be on this journey alone. At Upwell Advisors, we offer unique, customized concierge therapeutic services to provide our clients with unparalleled support throughout every step of the recovery process. 

Feel free to reach to contact us anytime via email at sean@upwelladvisors.com. We look forward to supporting you on your journey.

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