Online Counseling for Substance Use Issues

Online Counseling for Substance Use Issues

The coronavirus has made many programs and resources inaccessible for the time being, including substance abuse treatment. For those who are struggling with substances during quarantine, it can feel like you are trapped in a literal prison with no way out. Depression and anxiety are running high for many, and the stress of COVID-19 may even trigger a relapse.

Those who are actively struggling with their unhealthy use of substances can benefit from our online counseling services. In addition to providing you with vital resources and guidance, we will help you start to work on treating your struggles from within.

The Effects of Quarantine on Substance Use Issues

If you have already been through substance use or abuse counseling, or have been a part of a program, you may have attended support group meetings that helped you connect with the community and stay accountable. While many meetings are being held online, it is still difficult to maintain sobriety or a healthy relationship with substances when you are alone in isolation.

Feelings of hopelessness, fear and anxiety can quickly escalate in quarantine, leaving you at a loss for how to cope. Without the ability to go out and connect with others, you might find yourself tempted to rely even more on substances.

You may also be experiencing a loss from the coronavirus. Whether a loved one fell ill or you lost your job, the most important things in your life may have been lost or jeopardized. Coupled with anxiety about the future, substance use or abuse can quickly worsen in the face of the coronavirus.

Challenges to Sobriety

With so much more time at home, you’re likely spending more hours online. Heavy social media use can worsen depression and anxiety, expose you to triggers and make it all-too-easy to fall into a downward spiral of negative thoughts and emotions.

Substance use issues come in many forms, and you do not need to have a crippling problem for it to merit treatment. The time in isolation has caused many people to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms, particularly alcohol. Social media has no shortage of people posing with wine and drinking their stress away; not only is this a dangerous message to send out the world, but it can be extremely triggering for those who are currently struggling or in recovery.

Benefits of Online Substance Use Counseling

Although substance abuse counseling is the most recommended path toward sobriety, substance use issues do not have to rule your life while you are in quarantine. To help you cope with the loneliness, stress and anxiety of isolation, online substance use counseling meets you where you are.

Below are some of the benefits you can experience through online substance use counseling.

  • Flexible scheduling.
  • Comfort and convenience.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Sliding-scale payments and insurance coverage.
  • Personalized treatment plans.

Virtual Substance Use Counseling

Substance use support is not out of the question because you are inside. While traditional forms of treatment may not be available, you can get in touch with a trained counselor online who will help you begin to make the changes you need in life. Whether it’s finding resources to help you get the addiction or substance use support you need, helping you to cope with cravings, or managing your mental health as it relates to substance use and quarantine, we are here to help.

Click here to schedule an online counseling appointment with one of our therapists.

Our therapists are not Certified Addiction Counselors, but can support you in many ways as you struggle with substance use or abuse.