Sanford House offers virtual treatment options

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Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers said it is now offering virtual addiction treatment for patients who are homebound in light of COVID-19. Courtesy Terry Johnston Photo

Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers said it is now offering virtual addiction treatment for patients who are homebound in light of COVID-19.

“Virtual treatment allows our clients to adhere to CDC guidelines to socially isolate while continuing to receive SUD treatment and the benefits of connection to the Sanford community,” according to Sanford House.

Treatment options include:

  • Online assessments: Assessments are conducted by master’s level clinicians, and admissions specialists are available to answer questions about Sanford’s virtual programs.
  • Day treatment or partial hospitalization: Therapy group sessions taking place online, five days a week for five hours per day. This includes medication-assisted treatment if prescribed, one-on-one therapy sessions and family therapy.
  • Intensive outpatient program: Virtual classes take place three-to-five days a week for three hours per day. IOP also includes medication-assisted services, one-on-one therapy sessions and family therapy.
  • Outpatient group therapy: This program takes place one-to-two hours per week and includes medication-assisted services, one-on-one therapy and family therapy.

Virtual IOP and day programs are insurance-eligible.

Sanford’s decision to launch virtual treatment services comes on the heels of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signing a shelter-in-place order that will require all noncritical Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily close.

The order went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday for at least the next three weeks. Individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the CDC when they do so, including remaining at least 6 feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances. 

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