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Teletherapy: Is It Right For Me?

Technology has become part of our everyday lives. Cell phones, tablets, and laptops are no longer a rarity. Kids often receive a new phone by their eighth birthday. Technology is here to stay whether we love or hate it. Therefore, teletherapy is important to explore. Teletherapy is receiving therapeutic services via safe and HIPPAA compliant live video connection. You maybe wondering, what are the benefits of teletherapy. Let’s explore

Teletherapy Benefits

Convenience: Teletherapy allows for interaction over your laptop or cell phone. This reduces wait time and travel. No more getting lost on the way to a session. As long as you can find your device, you’ve found your destination!

Increased access: Disabled populations have more difficulty maintaining traditional therapy. Teletherapy allows access to a train and licensed therapist without the difficulty of office travel. “There are times when clients suffering from IBS, Crohn’s or other diseases may experience shame or embarrassment at their need for leaving to use facilities.  In an online context, some of these concerns can be diminished significantly” (Psychology Today). Even temporary illness such as the flu, sprained ankle, or recent surgery may cause a break in therapy. An online option reduces breaks in treatment

Teens & College Students: Statistics show that individuals between the age of 13-26 communicate predominantly by texting and video chat. As a result, traditional office-based therapy may not be the best fit. Video therapy may be a more comfortable and convenient way of communicating.

Privacy: Clients often don’t seek therapy because of privacy reasons. Sitting in a waiting room and seeing your neighbor may not be your idea of a great session. This is especially true for those seeking addiction treatment. Therefore, Teletherapy eliminates this potential anxiety and awkwardness.

Remote Access: Let’s be honest. Not everyone lives in a major city with access to a therapist. Unfortunately, some have to travel very far to see a therapist they connect with. Teletherapy allows increased access to a pool of trained and qualifed therapist.

Teletherapy may be right for you. A Pathway to Life Counseling offers traditional as well as teletherapy options. Call 504-410-7008 to discuss your teletherapy needs.

Opioids

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. 
All opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. Opioid pain relievers are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor, but because they produce euphoria in addition to pain relief, they can be misused (taken in a different way or in a larger quantity than prescribed, or taken without a doctor’s prescription). Regular use—even as prescribed by a doctor—can lead to dependence and, when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to addiction, overdose incidents, and deaths. ( National Institute on Drug Abuse). You can get help today! Call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services at 504-410-7008.