Yes, that’s what we’re so excited about! In the largest study ever done comparing online mental health treatment vs standard, face-to-face treatment, the data showed better outcomes for the online group (symptoms, hospital admissions, etc.). While previously thought that only individualized, “live” interaction could help, the research continues to prove that’s old thinking.
Here are links to just a few of the hundreds of studies to support that:
VA online treatment was proven to be better than in-person treatment.
A University of Zurich study showed online treatment is “as good as, if not better” than face-to-face psychotherapy.
University of Florida uses internet-based program with better results than traditional treatment.
Need more reassurance? Checkout Professor Barak’s list of studies that show online help works.
No – your interaction is controlled by you. Your enrollment includes weekly live, online groups. Those are optional, and even if you do join those you can control whether you are heard or seen. You will also have forums to discuss and share as much as you’d like with other people sharing your journey, but only if you choose to. All lessons are prerecorded so it’s all on your time.
Everything is prerecorded, so you can go at your own pace. It’s designed to take about 1 hour every weekday, for 3 months. Even if you have free time right now, we don’t recommend you try to breeze through the material. Our lessons get very deep, and you’ll want time to think about and practice each skill. You are encouraged to do this at your own pace, and even return to lessons and refresh concepts whenever you want.
No. This has been developed out of science and psychological studies in addiction. While we find parts of the 12 step approach helpful and do include some of its teachings, our program is not designed after it. If you’re in a 12 step support group, this can work well alongside that. Any religious or spiritual beliefs are welcome.
While some people need to be in a different environment, others find that leaving the protection of residential treatment to home leads to unexpected challenges. We value the process of change while in your natural environment. When we transform alongside our family, friends, coworkers and daily stressors, we get the chance to involve all the people and factors that trigger addiction and practice steady and progressive gains. You’ll also be given tasks that involve your current relationships and stressors so that they can become manageable or even helpful. This creates lasting change with less unknowns about what will happen after treatment ends.
While being sober is extremely helpful in all aspects of life, it’s not all there is to well-being. We teach for full emotional well-being so that sobriety isn’t boring or painful. Relapses happen when we change our behavior without really changing on the inside. This program covers major themes in emotional transformation such as acceptance, tolerance, compassion, belonging, purpose, and reflection so that addiction becomes a thing of the past.
Far from it. We all already know what healthy choices look like (“drugs can kill you,” or “don’t relapse or else you may lose your job or relationship,” etc.). The real key to changing behavior is to give attention to the parts in all of us that make those healthy choices feel so impossible. We address the root cause of addiction, which is emotional pain or stress. If you don’t know what you’re running from, you’ll never find real peace.
You decide how long to remain enrolled, and can cancel at any time. You get full access to all the videos, lessons, and entire program for as long as you remain a member. There are no contracts.
Sorta. Nobody grades your responses because we want to avoid fears of judgment and encourage you to open up with yourself. After lessons, you’ll be asked to reflect on several carefully designed questions about yourself. It is extremely important to put a good amount of energy into these, because this is where most of your change will actually happen.
Although this is meant to help on its own, it also helps you get the most out of other typical treatment. Sometimes people have a therapist or psychiatrist, but just need more immediate help than they can get with their current treatment. Others know they need some help after another treatment ends in order to stay healthy. Also, the search for a provider or residential treatment can take days or months due to the realities of insurance approval or waiting for an opening, and this can be used as a tool to get started right away and get more out of your next step in treatment.
You’ll be able to print a certificate of completion at the end of the full program (not the toolbox or challenge) to verify participation. Counties usually have no official requirements for what types of interventions are approved by the court, but do typically have lists of approved facilities. Please contact your district court or attorney to check into whether this rehab will be supported in your case.
Sorry, we currently are not set up to take insurance, but are working to change that.
Yes. We try to be clear upfront about what this program is, but we understand we’re not the perfect fit for everyone. If you’re truly unsatisfied with our program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know within 30 days, and we’ll give you a 100% refund, no questions asked.
Treatment options vary widely by time, frequency, cost, and style of approach. General options include:
Individual and group counseling – Often involves weekly, 50 minute sessions.
Inpatient and residential treatment (“rehab”) – Usually 28 days, up to 90 days. Average cost is about $27,000. Usually 1-3 individual therapy sessions per week. Price largely depends on level of training for counselors, how private and upscale the facility is, and how extensive programming is. May involve short-term disability or medical leave from work/school.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment or Program (IOP) – Group sessions, 3 days per week, 2-4 hours each day. Often 1 individual session per week. Usually lasts 2-3 months. Average cost $5,000-10,000 for a 10 week program. May involve short-term disability or medical leave from work/school.
Partial Hospital Programs (PHP) – Involves 4-5 hours of group therapy, 5 days a week with return home each evening. Weekly meetings with an individual counselor and psychiatrist. May involve short-term disability or medical leave from work/school.
Peer Support – Commonest form of this is 12-step fellowship (as established by Alcoholics Anonymous), though more options exist now, such as SMART Recovery and Refuge Recovery. These are for support, and aren’t designed to be treatment. Group meetings, usually led by a peer in recovery. Often free.
Video: expert panel discusses “Exploring Different Treatment Options“
The program is designed and taught by Daniel Hochman, MD, a nationally recognized Psychiatrist. Beyond typical medical training, he’s collaborated and learned from the brightest minds in the field to learn, practice, and teach the complex inner-workings seen in addiction. Dr. Hochman has worked and consulted with several addiction treatment facilities and clinics in a range of settings (Veterans Administration, military, academic, and private). He has a knack for getting to the core of the issue quite well.
As a leader in the addiction field, Dr. Hochman has been invited to speak for a range of organizations, including Whole Foods and NAADAC, the largest organization for addiction-focused healthcare professionals. His NAADAC lecture remains the most attended in its history.