There are varying degrees to which the substance abuse treatment landscape is integrating online care and virtual resources into its treatment practices. The primary means through which online drug rehabilitation is deployed includes, but is not limited to:
- Digital Screenings and Assessments
- Comprehensive Patient Web Portals that Let Patients Connect with Clinicians and Internal Staff
- Mobile Apps for Post-Treatment Recovery
- Video-Based Therapy
- Mobile Apps for Treatment
Data from the University of Wisconsin indicates that the most widespread use of digital services for drug rehabilitation includes the implementation of computerized screenings and assessment tools. Online drug rehab also offers a prime opportunity for family involvement, offers greater flexibility of care, is comparatively much more affordable than traditional outpatient treatment programs and can be an all-around better option for patients who are less comfortable sharing and opening up to a therapist in a traditional treatment environment. In addition, online physician based addiction treatment facilities are covered by Medicare and Medicaid to make treatment access easier for those who need it, and have been traditionally underserved.