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The advancement in technology coupled with the convenience it provides has made online therapy an increasingly popular treatment option over the past few decades. Also known as e-counseling, e-therapy, telehealth teletherapy, and cyber counseling, online therapy is a particularly beneficial option for people who would have trouble traveling to an in-person treatment program because of physical health issues, lack of transportation, or distance.

In online therapy, patients and therapists will communicate with each other using one or more of the following five methods:

  • E-mail
  • Instant messaging
  • Live Chat
  • Internet phone
  • Video chat or video conferencing

Video chat or conferencing is the best option in terms of replicating the experience of in-person therapy. While online therapy used to be more controversial, improvements in technology have made the option much more widely accepted among treatment professionals.

Online therapy can be used in the treatment of substance addiction, experts advise against going through the detoxification process without proper supervision. If you are concerned that you or someone you love might have a substance use disorder, you should discuss your options with a certified addiction treatment specialist or primary care physician, either online or in person, at the earliest opportunity.

The comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program at the Asana Recovery Center provides a supervised detoxification along with a variety of therapy options in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring residential setting. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our program and facilities today.


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