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Online Addiction Counseling

Online addiction therapy, also known as teletherapy, has gained significant momentum. It offers individuals struggling with substance use disorders a convenient way to connect with licensed and qualified addiction counselors.

What is Online Therapy for Addiction?

While online addiction counseling is similar to regular in-person therapy, it has its own special benefits. The biggest advantage is that you can have therapy sessions from anywhere you feel comfortable, without having to travel. This makes it easier to fit into your schedule. There are different ways to do online addiction counseling, so you can choose what works best for you. Sessions are conducted over video and can be accessed on any internet-enabled device with a camera.

Our Dual Diagnosis Mental Health Services

Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT)
Our expert clinicians will work with you to determine the best medication and dosage to help you see progress and results in your alcohol or drug addiction recovery.
Our licensed therapists offer a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore thoughts and emotions, identify triggers and patterns, and develop practical skills to cope with life stressors and get you feeling better.
Peer Support
Our Community Recovery Partners (CRPs) are people who have lived experiences with addiction and mental health challenges and want to help you. They’ll listen, connect you with resources you need, and support you through your journey.

What to Expect During Online Addiction Counseling

As with any form of therapy, it is normal to have questions and concerns about what to expect during online addiction counseling. Here’s a glimpse into the typical process.

First Session

Before your first session begins, you will receive instructions on how to access the virtual therapy platform. Make sure your device (computer, tablet, or smartphone) is ready, and your internet connection is stable. Test your audio and video settings to make sure everything works smoothly.

At the beginning of your first sessions, your addiction counselor will introduce themselves, explain their background, and give an overview of how the sessions will proceed.

Your first session is meant to get to know you. You’ll discuss your reasons for seeking therapy, any specific issues you’re facing, and your goals for treatment. It’s a safe space, so sharing openly will help your therapist better understand your needs.

Your therapist may ask questions about your personal history, including medical, psychological, and social aspects, to fully understand your background and current state of substance use. All of this information is used to create your personalized treatment plan.

Future Sessions

After your first session, you’ll begin each new appointment with a check-in. You’ll discuss any changes since the last session, including any challenges or accomplishments. Throughout your time in treatment, your therapist will continue to assess your progress and may adjust the treatment plan as necessary. This ensures that your therapy sessions are effective and relevant to your evolving needs.

Sessions will often include learning and practicing new skills or techniques. This may involve cognitive-behavioral strategies, mindfulness exercises, or other therapeutic interventions. Your therapist might give you homework assignments to reinforce what you learn during sessions. These are designed to help you practice skills and reflect on your experiences between sessions.

What to Expect
What you can expect when getting started with MAT treatment at Eleanor Health.
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Step 1
A call with our team at no cost to you
We will chat with you about our program and make sure it is the right fit for you. This call is judgment-free, private, and secure. We will ask you questions, such as: What health concerns are you calling about? Are there any barriers preventing you from receiving care? What insurance do you have?
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Step 2
Book your first appointment
If we sound like a good fit, we will schedule your first appointment in your first call. In most cases, we can see you within 2 days, if not same day or next day. This appointment can be virtual or in-person based on your preference. Depending on your insurance, it could also be at no cost to you.
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Step 3
Your first appointment
At your first appointment, you will meet with a care team member who will create your customized treatment plan. The care team member could be a nurse, a doctor, a therapist or a care coordinator depending on your specific needs.
Peer support
Step 4
The journey to feeling better
Depending on your needs we will schedule your next appointments and ensure you are getting the right care. Aspects of this journey include: therapy, prescription refills, peer coaching, health coaching, and on-going support to truly get better.

Common Addiction Therapies

When it comes to online addiction counseling, therapists use evidence-based approaches that have been adapted to the virtual environment. The type of therapy used is specific to your individual needs; however, some of the most common addiction therapies include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

At the heart of CBT is the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, and by changing negative thought patterns, we can change behaviors and emotions. Especially effective in treating substance use, CBT helps you identify and cope with triggers through practical skills, reducing the risk of relapse. Its adaptability to individual or group settings makes it a versatile tool in recovery.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

This caring, person-focused method helps people find their own reasons to change by addressing their mixed feelings. Unlike more direct therapies, MI involves a two-way conversation that helps you see that you can change your addiction. It’s especially useful at the start of treatment, creating a strong base for future therapy sessions.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Initially developed for borderline personality disorder, DBT has been adapted for addiction treatment, addressing the intense emotional swings often experienced. It combines CBT techniques with mindfulness practices, helping individuals gain better emotional and behavioral regulation. DBT’s focus on acceptance and change helps you with coping strategies for stress, reducing the likelihood of relapse.

Family Therapy

Family therapy incorporates the entire family unit in sessions to address the dynamics that may be contributing to addiction and mental health challenges. The goal of these sessions is to improve communication within the family, facilitate open discussions about feelings and expectations, and showcase how changes in the system can lead to positive outcomes.

We’re here to help.

We know reaching out can be hard. Call today to speak with one of our recovery specialists. We will listen, learn, and offer support – without judgment. We welcome every person in need of support and we believe in you and your ability to overcome addiction.