Telemedicine services offer innovative approaches for treating and reducing the effects of substance use disorders (SUDs). 
Technologies could alter addiction treatment service delivery patterns and outcomes. Technologies that may be used for teletherapy include:
- Mobile Apps
- Web-Based Treatment Supports
- Telephone-Based Support and Use of Virtual Worlds
Listed above have all been applied in SUD treatment settings. Generally, web-based computer and mobile device-delivered treatment supports have demonstrated superior outcomes to traditional care. In contrast, treatment delivered through videoconferencing has resulted in similar treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction compared to standard face-to-face care.
In addition, this type of service increase access to service and provide valuable support when patients are outside of the therapeutic setting and decide to use or not use addictive substances. 
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Internationally, alcohol results in 3.3 million deaths each year. In fact, opioid overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. The prevailing paradigm of SUD treatment is through face-to-face therapy sessions that are sometimes available in combination with SUD treatment pharmacotherapies. Telemedicine applications can potentially broaden access to SUD information, services, and support because almost everyone now has access to these technologies.
Several telemedicine technologies have emerged to augment traditional treatment approaches, with many supported by research evidence. And, counselors understand and appreciate the need to connect with patients between appointments. Similarly, patients want the safety net of support and community that digital technologies can provide. 
SUD treatment outcomes need to be improved, and the overdose deaths rate need to go down. Furthermore, teletherapy could be a mode to achieve these desired goals or, at the least, provide new methods for delivering SUD treatment and recovery supports. 
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Benefits Of Telemedicine Services
Web-based and mobile apps allow clients to document their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in as much detail as they want for presentation during a therapy session. Of course, telemedicine should not be a replacement for one-on-one consultations with their healthcare professional, but the healthcare community has warmly received the technological application of smartphone apps.
As much as people have more online access now than they ever have in the past, there is an inherent convenience that comes with using digital platforms. For instance, clinicians are available on an immediate, 24/7 basis, which has a particular application for addiction recovery.
For all the bad random advice available on the Internet, telemedicine makes it possible for an individual to connect to a licensed doctor or healthcare professional with the click of a button.
Keep in mind that only licensed professionals can safely offer teletherapy in any form because of their expertise. While setting up guidelines, in general, effective teletherapy can be provided by anyone with a license to practice mental health therapy in person. Mental health licensure requirements vary from state to state, and generally, there is no reciprocity between state licensure requirements.
Many insurance carriers now offer telehealth options as standard insurance coverage for everything from primary care to addiction treatment.
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Types Of Telemedicine Services
Telemedicine has two major branches; one deals with real-time issues, known as synchronous telemedicine. The other deals with store-and-forward type issues like data transfer from one facility to another for examination or remote patient monitoring programs that send data to healthcare providers daily for follow-up. This type of therapy aims to increase access to medical information and expert care for all patients, even those geographically distant from a medical facility.
Many people are unable to visit doctors for minor and major health issues because of distance and accessibility concerns. Teletherapy immensely helped, as patients have recovered without physical medical assistance.
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