Virtual Therapy for Treating Heroin Addiction
Whether you are currently abusing heroin and want to get help, have relapsed, or were receiving in-person treatment and due to Covid-19 restrictions had to end treatment, we are here to help you.
During these troubled times living life has a whole new meaning. We are in a strange territory; staying indoors for most of the day, not being able to meet with friends or family. All our norms and routines have been disrupted by this pandemic. For some, our ways of making a living have been taken away from us. Our lives we have put back together piece by piece have crumbled. This stress that has been brought on feels all too familiar but our coping skills have changed.
Yes, Covid-19 may have put a stop to our everyday lives, However, Cvoid-19, also known as coronavirus, has not put a stop to addiction, nor has it put an end to the need for treating heroin addiction.
Heroin Relapses on the Rise As a Result of Covid-19
There have been many reports of relapse rising since the beginning of Covid-19. The increase of relapse has been due to addicts in recovery having their lifelines cut because of the lack of staying connected during these stressful times. Addicts are forgetting the basic skills they learned in dealing with stress and are resorting back to unhealthy coping mechanisms and self-medication.
For many, Covid-19 has added to the underlying mental and emotional issues that underlie their addiction. For example, stress, loneliness, depression, boredom, isolation, and more are becoming issues for many as a result of the impacts of Covid-19, all of which often are closely linked with substance abuse. Covid-19 and its fallout may trigger many to drink or use therefore relapsing.
Heroin Addiction Does Not Go Away Because of the Pandemic
Heroin addiction is a serious problem in the United States, with overdosing killing hundreds of thousands of Americans in the last few decades. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), more than 67,300 Americans died from a drug-involved overdose in 2018, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids. Drug overdose deaths rose from 38,329 in 2010 to 70,237 in 2017; followed by a significant decrease in 2018 to 67,367 deaths.
Whether you are currently abusing heroin and want to get help, have relapsed, or were receiving in-person treatment for heroin addiction and due to Covid-19 restrictions had to stop, there are ways to continue getting the help you (or a loved one) need.
How Does Virtual Treatment for Heroin Abuse Work?
Virtual reality technology has improved tremendously over the past decade, transitioning from a fad of the tech world into a global phenomenon. This virtual reality system allows participants to immerse themselves in a variety of settings and situations to practice recovery techniques, such as fighting off temptations, as well as to receive therapeutic support. Through this method, clients can perfect their responses to triggers in a safe and protected environment. With these toolsets, individuals seeking treatment are then able to move out into the world, confident in their ability to maintain sobriety and avoid relapsing.
Can Heroin Addiction Be Treated Online?
For those suffering from heroin addiction, finding a path to sobriety, especially during a pandemic, can seem like an impossible task. Withdrawal symptoms can overwhelm you with fear and cause you to second-guess your decision to be sober. Even after recovering from withdrawal, cravings and triggers follow you and can lead back to addiction.
Virtual reality alone is not enough to stop relapse, but it can serve as a vital tool in the fight to remain sober. Virtual reality is already a tested method in fighting off symptoms of PTSD, quitting alcohol and cigarette use, and preventing the spread of obesity. Though every one of our clients at Evoke Waltham has a unique treatment program designed for their individual needs, the benefits of virtual reality can apply no matter what stage of the process they are in.
More About Online Heroin Addiction Therapy
Contact our addiction professionals to learn more about our virtual heroin addiction treatment program. Whether you are on-the-go, at home, at school, or at work, you can continue receiving evidence-based counseling for heroin and opioid addiction.
Besides our Virtual Therapy, we also have many other programs including but not limited to Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient (IOP). We understand that the rehabilitation process can be uncomfortable and difficult. With the help of our premier treatment center, we will guide and support you towards a life of purpose that is free from substance abuse, especially heroin and opioid dependence.