Virtual Therapy
how to make virtual addiction treatment work
By BrightView
Author Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
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Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Dan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with supervision designation (LPCC-S) and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor... read more

Published: February 25, 2022
Updated: March 3, 2022

Today, an increasing number of people are receiving addiction treatment remotely instead of in person. You may see this remote approach to treatment referred to by names such as telehealth or virtual addiction treatment. Virtual care may be provided one-on-one. However, many people take part in a virtual group therapy program instead. There are certain benefits to virtual addiction treatment. But to gain these benefits, you must have ways to make this option work as well as possible for you.

If you’re interested in enrolling in remote addiction therapy, the experts at BrightView can help. We feature a virtual group therapy program that provides effective support for your recovery.

Call us today at 1-833-510-HELP for more information on virtual addiction treatment and to get started on the road to recovery.

The Benefits of Virtual Addiction Treatment

Virtual addiction treatment offers some important advantages. Perhaps the biggest benefit is convenience. Instead of traveling to your facility for treatment, you can get help at home or in other chosen settings.

Accessibility is also a big plus. No matter where you live or the disabilities affecting you, you can get the help you need from expert therapists. All of this comes with no drop-off in the quality of the care you receive.

How to Make Virtual Addiction Treatment Work

Prepare in Advance

Virtual therapy is provided via an online video app. This kind of app allows you to access your therapy session through devices such as your:

  • Computer
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Smart TV

Well before your first session begins, make sure you’ve downloaded the app onto your chosen device. Also, take the time to familiarize yourself with the app’s basic functions. This preparation will make it easier for you to get your treatment underway.

Make Sure You Can Hear

To participate in virtual group therapy, you must be able to hear all participants. That includes your therapist, as well as other patients. This means that you need to be in a location where you’re not distracted by the sounds around you. If you can’t find a setting that’s quiet enough on its own, a pair of headphones with a microphone can help.

Show Respect for Privacy

One of the keys to successful therapy is privacy. A private setting helps ensure that:

  • You can talk freely to your therapist and other patients
  • Your therapist can also speak freely
  • Other patients enjoy the same level of safety and security

It’s imperative that you show respect for privacy at all times during virtual addiction treatment. That includes respect for your own privacy, as well as that of others. Make sure that you only attend your virtual session in a setting that allows you to follow this essential guideline.

Dress Appropriately

Attending therapy from the convenience of your own home can provide a beneficial sense of comfort. However, remember that you’re still interacting with other people during your sessions. These people do not just hear you. They can also see your face and what you’re wearing.
With this in mind, dress appropriately for all of your therapy sessions. You don’t need to put on a suit or a dress. However, your clothing choices should reflect the seriousness of the work you’re doing in therapy.

BrightView: Bringing Quality Virtual Addiction Treatment Within Reach

BrightView now offers virtual group addiction therapy as a main treatment option. We provide these services via Zoom, one of the best-known and most reliable remote video apps. All virtual sessions maintain our firm commitment to providing a better approach to addiction treatment. Call us today at 1-833-510-HELP for more details regarding our virtual and other treatment options, including outpatient and intensive outpatient programs and medication for addiction treatment (MAT).