Videoconferencing helps addicts under treatment
People in early recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, particularly those with active lifestyles such as Baby Boomers, a group that has seen skyrocketing substance abuse issues, are finding that new Online Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) such as Lionrock Recovery help combat the shame and stigma they often feel during treatment. By providing unmatched affordability, privacy, and convenience, these programs make getting help for drug and alcohol addiction much easier. Plus, with its combination of state-of-the art videoconferencing and high-quality counseling, online treatment provides a “safe haven” for people in early recovery who require intensive, extended care after they’ve returned home from a primary care treatment facility.
Generally, Intensive Outpatient Treatment is a level of treatment for substance abuse that fits into the continuum of care which moves from the highest intensity, Residential Treatment, through Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization, to Intensive Outpatient, and finally to once-a-week Outpatient Treatment. In an Intensive Outpatient program, clients meet three or four times weekly, for 2-3 hour sessions over an 8-12 week period.
Moreover, the exploding rise in substance abuse among Baby Boomers has created a huge need in the industry for programs tailored to their unique needs. Specifically, addiction among older adults is a hidden and hushed problem, with signs and symptoms of alcohol or medication abuse easily mistaken for conditions related to aging. And even when friends or family members recognize signs of addiction, they often discount, or find it extremely hard to discuss the need for intervention or treatment with older relatives.
To address this problem, Lionrock creates customized, cutting-edge programs for older adults, led by Carol Colleran, CAP, ICADC, Senior Director, Lionrock Recovery Advisory Board, recognized as one of the industry’s foremost experts on substance abuse for Older Adult Recovery, and who co-authored with Debra Jaya the definitive guidebook in the field, Aging and Addiction: Helping Older Adults Overcome Alcohol and Medication Dependence.
“Shame and stigma are still huge barriers to getting help for many people who struggle with addiction. When you get that help from the privacy of your own home, safely and affordably, no one else needs to know you’re in treatment,” said Lionrock CEO Peter Loeb. “Whether you need to stay connected to your life in early recovery because of work or family commitments, or get reconnected after residential care, getting this kind of private and intensive support can make staying sober a lot easier.”
Lionrock Recovery and its nationally-certified team lead a wide-range of Online Intensive Outpatient Program group therapy sessions that conform to U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) standards.
Lionrock uses state-of-the-art online videoconference technology, encrypted for security and streamed in high-definition video (at 960p, comparable to the latest HDTVs at 1080p). All communications are handled by a HIPAA-compliant information system.
The company also announced it has earned The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval(TM) for accreditation. The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.