top of page

Combating Addiction: The Benefits of a Hybrid Care Model for Addressing Major Challenges

Experience the Benefits of a Blended Approach to Addiction Recovery: Combining In-Person Rehab and Remote Virtual Care


Addiction treatment
Photo by Mikhail Nilov on Pexels

Today addiction is a chronic disorder of pandemic proportion. Almost 50% of people over 12 years have used illicit drugs at least once in their lifetime.

The United States harbors deaths caused by over 700,000 “drugs” since 2000. That is beating one million cases as of today. Addiction and drug abuse costs $35 billion, the estimated federal budget as of 2020.

Addiction and abuse of elicit substances vary in definition, even though they often go together. The addicted individual invariably has poor control over their craving, overtaking, using, or doing something. Such a loss of power and willpower drags the addicted person to the point where their continual action harms their bodies.

Although the addiction to the type of substance or action may differ, they all share the same challenges during treatment.

We may have all heard that our friends, relatives, or celebrities have been admitted to rehab centers. Some have stayed sober, and others, on the other hand, relapsed.

There may also be many reasons why an addicted person relapses or fails to continue their rehabilitation during and after discharge from a program. However, common to all are seven challenges generally addicted people and the healthcare system face to address their problem. Those are:

  1. Failure to develop new coping mechanisms for the addicted person to stay away from their addiction.

  2. The collapse of tackling trauma associated with substance abstinence and dealing with the stigma around their abusive behavior.

  3. Problem-building new relationships and preparing old ones.

  4. Dealing with Boredom and ennui associated with giving up old habits.

  5. Preventing relapse and craving

  6. Inability to find a new purpose in life

  7. Difficulty transitioning from rehab program to independent home environment.


Like Any Chronic Disease, Addiction Treatment Benefits From Patient Engagement


The entire spectrum of addiction challenges mentioned earlier is impossible to address without the engagement of the addicted person. Indeed, the initial and foremost necessity for success is the individual's willingness and determination to quit and stay off the habit that placed them in their current position.

Those with a stronger will to get back into a healthy life will need positive reinforcement and guidance to overcome the latter challenges of addiction treatment and recovery.


Engaging Individuals And Helping Them Through Recovery Benefits From Hybrid Care Model


Transitioning from a controlled environment back into society and an addicted person’s home often demands continual reinforcement and handholding. That is a requirement where a Hybrid care model comes in handy.

The hybrid care model amalgamates in-person addiction care with the remote virtual upkeep of the patients. Thus, it serves as the rehab facility away from the Rehab facility.

A hybrid care model utilizing a robust integrated telehealth system ensures immediate and easy access to addiction rehabilitation, support, and education for those in need. That includes Online Counseling, Telehealth, and Teletherapy for associated mental health issues.

Studies showed that robust remote telehealth care also helps reduce drug overdoses.

Studies conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) indicate individuals who were recovering from opioid addiction during the COVID-19 pandemic and received telehealth services were more likely to comply with their treatments and less likely to overdose. However, Psychiatric Times reports indicate that telehealth's relative benefits may depend on the patient’s circumstances.

The hybrid Care model extends resources to medical professionals, stakeholders, and patients to flourish coping mechanisms for addicted individuals. Thus, it closes the care gap and deals with any stigma and trauma that may hinder their recovery to health.

The hybrid care model helps those on the path to recovery cope with their craving, prevent relapse, and smooth the transition to independent living.


References


  1. NCDAS: Substance Abuse and Addiction Statistics [2023] [WWW Document], 2020. NCDAS. URL https://drugabusestatistics.org/ (accessed 1.10.23).

  2. Common Challenges People Face in Addiction [WWW Document], 2018. Extra Mile Recovery. URL https://extramilerecovery.com/blog/7-common-challenges-people-face-in-addiction-recovery/ (accessed 1.10.23).

  3. Common Challenges People Face in Addiction [WWW Document], 2018. Extra Mile Recovery. URL https://extramilerecovery.com/blog/7-common-challenges-people-face-in-addiction-recovery/ (accessed 1.10.23).

  4. TABRIZ, Dr.A., 2022. Managing Chronic Medical Conditions Needs A Hybrid Healthcare Infrastructure. [WWW Document]. Medium. URL https://medium.com/illumination-curated/managing-chronic-medical-conditions-needs-a-hybrid-healthcare-infrastructure-aa445758b54d (accessed 1.10.23).

  5. Can Telehealth Help With Addiction Treatment? [WWW Document], n.d. Can Telehealth Help With Addiction Treatment? URL https://www.healthline.com/health-news/can-telehealth-can-help-with-addiction-treatment (accessed 1.10.23).

  6. Online Counseling and Teletherapy | Telehealth in Substance Abuse Treatment [WWW Document], n.d. The Recovery Village Drug and Alcohol Rehab. URL https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/treatment-program/online-counseling/ (accessed 1.10.23).

  7. Telehealth Addiction Treatment | Hazelden Betty Ford [WWW Document], n.d. Telehealth Addiction Treatment | Hazelden Betty Ford. URL https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/research-studies/addiction-research/telehealth-addiction-treatment (accessed 1.10.23).

  8. Telehealth improves treatment for opioid use disorder [WWW Document], 2022. National Institutes of Health (NIH). URL https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/telehealth-improves-treatment-opioid-use-disorder (accessed 1.10.23).

  9. New Study Explores Efficacy of Telehealth in Addiction Treatment [WWW Document], n.d. Psychiatric Times. URL https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/view/new-study-explores-efficacy-of-telehealth-in-addiction-treatment (accessed 1.10.23).

  10. SAMHSA Proposes Update to Federal Rules to Expand Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Help Close Gap in Care [WWW Document], 2022. . HHS.gov. URL https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2022/12/13/samhsa-proposes-update-federal-rules-expand-access-opioid-use-disorder-treatment-help-close-gap-in-care.html (accessed 1.10.23).


bottom of page