Online treatment services provide the opportunity for alcohol and drug addiction
treatment by trained experts via the Internet, in a way that is convenient and private. This has the potential
to bring treatment to individuals who are unable to access traditional treatment programs or who want to strengthen
recovery after completing a traditional treatment program. It provides many of the benefits of traditional treatment
approaches, including group sessions led by addiction counselors, peer support and psycho-educational tools for recovery.
AlcoholDrugSOS Services Addictions Counseling Online (alcoholdrugsos.com)
This site offers online answers to questions about drug and alcohol addiction for a fee based on the complexity of the question and online addiction counseling. All information and services are provided by a licensed addictions counselor with 27 years of experience, who is also in recovery himself.
Margaret Andem, LCSW provides psychotherapy and counseling on addictions and other issues via the Internet, phone and in-person. Fees for live online chat or a telephone session are $1.50 a minute, for detailed email responses $40.00. Reduced fees are available on a case by case basis.
Bright Eye Counseling (brighteyecounselling.co.uk)
This is an online counseling and psychology service for people having problems with drugs or alcohol, including those concerned about bingeing and those considering rehab. Rather than a 12-step approach, it uses a cognitive behavioral approach to help people develop their own solutions. There is a choice of individual or group work with email options available. These sessions are supported by extensive downloadable resources which you can work on in your own time. Meetings are held in a private online chatroom once a week or more. The first session is available at a reduced rate of £19.50 (US $32), further sessions are £32.50 (US $51.98), a package of four sessions is £110 (US $181).
Online Substance Abuse Treatment (OSAT) (onlinesubstanceabusetreatment.com)
Live online counseling: Three times a week over ten weeks, group members from all over meet online under the guidance of an experienced addiction counselor to work on addiction recovery issues using cognitive therapy and the 12-Step approach. Counseling is available in 30 one-hour group sessions for $1,100 or 30 three-hour group sessions for $1,600. Meeting schedules are flexible. OSAT follows up the 10 week online counseling program with 42 weeks of alumni aftercare via online chat at no extra charge. Additional one-on-one live counseling sessions are available for $95 per 1-hour session for 12 months.
Self-directed online treatment: This 30 to 45 day self-study course guides you through 30 chapters of an interactive workbook that contains information and exercises providing step-by-step guidance to help break the cycle of addictive behaviors. Each day a new chapter becomes available for download to your computer, where you can complete them in privacy, at your own pace, and on your own schedule. At completion of the course you will receive Certificates of Enrollment and Completion to show to your family, your employer, or a judge. You can also schedule live, one-on-one treatment sessions with an OSAT counselor for $95 per hour via two-way Internet video-calling (Skype), telephone, text chat, instant messaging, or email.
Life Recovery Program (liferecoveryprogram.com)
Developed by a crisis/addictions/family counselor, this 3-6 month online addiction recovery support program consists of pre-recorded video-clips, behavioral contracts, supportive/informative downloads, e-mails, grounding techniques, eBooks and a clinician-moderated forum where participants can experience immediate support and resources. The program has been peer-reviewed, internationally awarded and recognized.
Enterhealth's e-Learning courses cover different phases of recovery. The programs are compatible with 12-step group or private therapy.
Advanced Recovery - 3 month commitment required - covers the coping skills necessary for long term sobriety.
Life Care - 3 month commitment required - ongoing post-rehabilitation support 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
They also offer support through certified coaches who work with clients on a one-on-one basis via telephone or email to support long term sobriety.
LionRock Recovery (lionrockbehavioral.com/lion)
LION online recovery programs consist of assessment, treatment planning, case management and transition planning for ongoing sobriety support. The online group sessions meet four days each week for two hours each. There is also an individual therapy session with your primary therapist each week and sessions which include your family or family of choice. Your primary therapist will also coordinate other recovery services you may need.
All together, the program consists of 12 hours of weekly treatment, including support group meetings. There is a choice of either a morning or an evening program. LION is delivered in high definition video (960p) through a secure, 128-bit encrypted, video stream. It requires a personal computer (3 years old or newer), broadband/high speed Internet service (DSL, cable, or faster), a fairly new webcam/microphone (mic is usually built-in) and a pair of earbud/iPod-style headphones.
Each treatment plan is individualized making the program flexible. Pricing is as follows: Single month—$1,840; Two month package—$2,880 (save $800); Three month package—$3,880 (save $1,240). The program was developed by Roland F. Williams, MA, LAADC, ICADC, NCACII, ACRPS, SAP, an interventionist and counselor specializing in addiction-related issues who was responsible for the psychiatric and chemical dependency programs as Director of Behavioral Health Services at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California.
Alcohol Help Center (alcoholhelpcenter.net)
The Alcohol Help Center is an interactive web site dedicated to helping those who have concerns about their drinking. The goal is to promote interaction between people who have drinking problems and health professionals. The site offers free tools such as a test for people to check their drinking, an interactive and personalized collection of exercises designed to help you make important decisions about your health, an online moderated support group and instant messaging between program participants around the world.