NATIONAL ONLINE RECOVERY DAY | SEPTEMBER 22
Every year, at least 17 million Americans who need help with a substance abuse problem don’t get it. Why? Largely because of the shame and stigma associated with substance use disorders (SUDs) and the perception that treatment is inaccessible. On September 22nd, National Online Recovery Day reminds us that quality substance abuse treatment and recovery support is available entirely online – offering the highest level of privacy and accessibility, in order to reach the millions of people who really need it.
Today’s telehealth technology offers the ability to treat all sorts of ailments. Mental health issues, including SUDs, can also be effectively treated and managed online. Not only is it convenient and usually covered by insurance, but private sessions via telemedicine ease the burden of the stigma while offering quality therapy and treatment options.
The medical community continues to prove that telemedicine provides quality care. The benefits of the service are mounting beyond privacy and convenience, too. Telemedicine also:
- Reduces costs to patient and provider
- Creates access for rural communities
- Promotes better patient engagement
- Increases the reliability of access, including support groups
When patients have more options and dependable care, they are more likely to keep appointments and continue treatment. Today’s world is significantly altering our access to medicine and therapy. Through online treatment and life-long digital support communities, the possibility of successful and sustained recovery for 17 million people becomes a reality.
HOW TO OBSERVE ONLINE RECOVERY DAY
Explore online therapy, digital support groups and virtual communities as your next step in treatment. September 22nd also offers an ideal opportunity to share your experience with online recovery. While you’re sharing, be sure to include online resources like Lionrock.
#NationalOnlineRecoveryDay reminds us that there are options for getting treatment and continuing your sobriety journey, no matter what the obstacles are. Join the conversation by using #NationalOnlineRecoveryDay on social media.
NATIONAL ONLINE RECOVERY DAY HISTORY
Lionrock founded National Online Recovery Day in 2020 to raise awareness of this beneficial approach to living a life in recovery. Lionrock uses technology to stay connected to its clients and makes it easier and more private to not only get sober, but maintain sobriety through a robust online support system called Lionrock.life. Their fully online services are successful, too. A recent study reported 80% of Lionrock’s clients remained abstinent at 18 months after discharge from treatment; that’s twice the national average.
Online recovery has been and continues to be the most private and successful way to get help with substance abuse. In fact, half of Lionrock clients say that they would not get help in a traditional setting if there were no online options.
On July 15, 2020, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Online Recovery Day to be observed on September 22nd, annually.