Greenville, South Carolina (WSPA) – The federal government reported that 1,700 people in South Carolina died from drug overdose in 2020, but experts face telemedicine addiction. He said he proved to help people.
Counselor Phoenix Center Greenville said the number of people using telemedicine options for institutional addiction counseling has doubled since 2020. Last year, 400 people met virtually with counselors, and this year it has grown to more than 800.
The Healthcare Group launched telemedicine services during the pandemic and strengthened outreach activities.
Many feared economic factors such as unemployment and eviction of peasants, as well as social factors such as increased isolation, can lead to more people using and in some cases overdose.
Michael McLean, director of Local Provider Relations at the Phoenix Center, said traditional counseling sessions are held in groups to provide support and encouragement for social connections. During the pandemic, face-to-face group sessions were suspended until the groups could meet via telemedicine.
“Anything that expands access to care is fine,” McLean said. “Telehealth has really increased access and allowed people to take that first step towards counseling.
According to McLean, telemedicine has several benefits, some of which are:
- Small group size
- More individual sessions
- Increased access from home to counselor and doctor care
Overall, individual sessions at the Phoenix Center quadrupled last year. As more people seek help, the convenience provided by telemedicine fits the schedule of many busy South Carolina citizens and provides access to care for people with transportation barriers.
“We are a pretty big county [Greenville] As a result, counselors can now be accessed from home by those who may have had to drive from Marietta, Travelers Rest, Greer, and Simpsonville. Even during lunch break at work. During the holidays, some people called to meet counselors through telemedicine, “says McLean.
According to McLain, virtual medicine presents challenges, including some:
- Internet access, stable connection, etc.
- Confidentiality protection (others at home, private space for sessions when at home, or other places.
- Some people may not have a laptop / smartphone or may be unfamiliar with online services such as Zoom Groups.
Health care advocates across the country want telemedicine services to be more widely covered by Medicaid and private insurers.
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