Integration of Telehealth Technology into Substance Use Disorder (SUD)-Addiction Treatment

  • 2016

Integration of Telehealth Technology into Substance Use Disorder (SUD)-Addiction Treatment

Author:
George Reuther
Abstract:

This project focuses on the Integration of Telehealth Technology into treatment of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) for veterans. This intervention will extend access and reduce barriers to veterans who are treated for SUD that may have a variety of constraints that interfere with consistent treatment. Telehealth in SUD would increase access for veterans with transportation issues, family care or job (scheduling) constraints, in addition to providing access to veterans living in rural or under-served locations. With a pre-existing telehealth infrastructure in place at the VA, the integration of this project could assist many veterans and their families outside of the safety net of brick and mortar VA Medical Centers. Minor software adjustments could easily integrate: medication compliance assurance, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and implement 12-Step therapy focused on treatment of SUD patients. This project can positively affect the lives of thousands of veterans and their families, by reaching those who cannot travel to VA Medical Centers for SUD treatment and aftercare.