Online Support for those in Substance Abuse Treatment
In the internet age, it is not surprising that some substance abusers are turning to the World Wide Web for treatment advice. There are even some of the more well-known agencies such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous that off online community support and counseling. As technology advances, more and more rehab facilities are making use of online forums for both help and therapy. There are many types of online support for substance abuse treatment.
Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous
Since the beginning of the online revolution, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous utilized this medium as a form of therapy. Each of these groups take advantage of the ease of access and the ability to communicate with large amounts of people anywhere in the world. If you cannot find a meeting when you need one, the online website Alcoholics Anonymous offers a full range of meetings and meeting times. You can find online meetings, chat by email, meeting directories, and information about Online Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and Narc-Anon.
A relatively new development in the field of drug and alcohol counseling is the advent of online counseling. Many physical rehab centers offer online counseling and behavioral therapy for those who cannot attend regular counseling meetings. These sessions are confidential and strictly outpatient. The counselors hold the same certifications as those that are in brick and mortar locations.
These counselors close the gap between those that cannot come to them and those that need absolute privacy. The online counseling sessions offer complete privacy and allow the client to express themselves over a variety of different mediums.
Chat and Support
There are thousands of online forums in hundreds of languages that center around drug addiction, abuse, and recovery. Many physical rehabs are now offering online continuing and after care. No matter what the addiction or issue with recovery there is almost always someone to speak with online.
A few of these online forums are:
- through facebook,
- on MIRC,
- in JAVA webpage rehab sponsored chat channels,
- online forums,
- second life
- blogs, and
- just about every other medium possible.
With all of the online options available, the excuse of not being able to find support has become invalid. As the years go on, online doctor’s visits, individual counseling, group counseling, and support groups will become increasingly available to those who need it.
Many of the larger brick and mortar rehab centers are now turning to online communities to help support their clients during difficult times. With an online presence a rehab facility can also help those in crisis and those who are having issues after hours almost immediately.
For more information on the online options for substance abuse treatment or to discuss brick and mortar rehabs call us at 1-800-895-1695. We can help you find a high quality rehab center that offers both online and brick and mortar counseling services.