Addiction does not go away in times of crisis. In fact, as large swaths of our country are practicing social distancing and isolating themselves, people with addiction issues are in a more dangerous position than ever. In quarantine, drug and alcohol consumption increases dramatically. And recent reports confirm that the current outbreak has been no exception. This is, unfortunately, no surprise. As the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has recently indicated, quarantine brings with it the desire to use drugs and alcohol to cope.
The boredom that comes with quarantine, the anxiety produced by the global health crisis, our worry about loved ones, and our uncertainty about the future all contribute to the desire to use substances. Thankfully, New Bridge Foundation’s virtual outpatient programs, which include both a.m. and p.m. Intensive Outpatient Treatment as well as Day Treatment services, is fully operational and designed to get you the help you need remotely.
What Is a Virtual Outpatient Program?
At a time in which we are all required to have less physical contact with others, a virtual outpatient program can be a godsend. Whether or not your virtual outpatient program is Intensive Outpatient Treatment or Day Treatment, you will receive the same standard of care provided in all of New Bridge Foundation’s programs. Our virtual outpatient programs provide you contact with counselors and peers in the group through Zoom, which provides virtual online videoconferencing and is HIPAA compliant, ensuring confidentiality. And, you will get the care you need while in the comfort and safety of your own home.
In this time of national crisis, virtual outpatient programs are a suitable and viable alternative. Our virtual outpatient programs are equally well-suited to clients who have already spent time in a residential program and those who are beginning their recovery journey for the first time. Whether you need help in stopping an addiction, or are reintegrating into your life and establishing new routines after residential treatment, one of our virtual outpatient programs is an option you should consider.
Advantages of Our Virtual Outpatient Programs
There are many benefits to enrolling in a virtual outpatient program. Among these are:
- Because you will be participating in the virtual outpatient program remotely, you will have much more hands-on time to work on your life skills. This is particularly useful when it comes to self-care, reconnecting with family, and establishing new routines.
- Although the current climate means reducing physical contact with others, the increased virtual contact you will have with your outpatient group can be an excellent opportunity for developing your support network.
- Because it lacks a residential component, outpatient care is less expensive than comprehensive inpatient care. This is the case even when many of the same range of treatments are on offer at both. And being offered remotely brings down other costs considerably as well.
- A virtual outpatient program is something you do on your time and around your schedule. This means that you can fulfill work, school, family, and social obligations, and maintain your privacy while doing so.
Virtual outpatient care isn’t right for everyone. But if you are struggling with addiction, there is no better time than the present to get help. And New Bridge Foundation will be here to help, every step of the way.
Reach Out to New Bridge Foundation Today
Addiction is a disease that thrives in isolation. And although to many it may not seem like a priority, breaking the cycle of addiction is more important now than ever before. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, don’t hesitate. Find out more about our virtual outpatient programs by using our secure online form or by calling us at . The help you need is just a few clicks away.
With over 50 years of experience in the field, New Bridge Foundation is considered one of the foremost addiction treatment centers in Northern California. Located in beautiful historic Hearst mansions nestled in the hills of Berkeley, California, we offer detoxification, short and long-term residential, and intensive outpatient substance abuse programs with a close-knit staff of psychiatrists, nurses, licensed mental health professionals, and certified addiction counselors. Our client-centered services are offered in a nurturing, home-like atmosphere, ideal for long-lasting sobriety. New Bridge Foundation provides affordable addiction treatment to individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Learn more about New Bridge Foundation here.