Many people have faced financial struggles, health fears, general uncertainty and ongoing stress since March. These feelings of fear and isolation have caused an uptick in mental health concerns, and some Americans have turned to substances to cope.

In light of the situation, teletherapy and online counseling services have skyrocketed in popularity and availability. Telehealth sessions can have the same benefits as in-person therapy, with added convenience, flexibility and comfort.

Potential clients may worry about the cost of teletherapy, but fortunately, there are many affordable options for online addiction treatment and mental health care in Ohio.

Online Counseling That Takes Insurance

Online platforms like Talkspace provide a wide range of substance abuse counselors, therapists and psychiatrists who clients can connect with. Some of these sites, including, can accept insurance to help cover costs or work with clients to make teletherapy affordable for them.

Ohio has already taken numerous steps to ensure medical professionals are trained in and have access to telehealth technology. The federal government has also allowed for Medicare telehealth coverage, and Ohio Medicaid covers telehealth services as long as certain requirements are met. Many private health care insurance providers also cover telehealth services, though this can vary from plan to plan.

Additionally, the state has relaxed certain telehealth requirements. Patients no longer need to have their first meeting in person — therapy can begin online from the start. Prescribing medication can also happen online, if necessary.

How to Access Teletherapy

There is a wide range of specialties among telehealth mental health providers, and not all of them provide services specifically for substance use disorder treatment. At The Recovery Village Columbus, our main focus is on addiction treatment and lifelong recovery. Our counselors and therapists use therapy that helps clients build strategies for coping with addiction, identifying triggers and avoiding relapse.

Our easy-to-use telehealth app will connect you with a professional mental health and substance abuse counselor who can help you begin the path to a healthier, drug-free life. You don’t need any prior experience with video conferencing or telehealth. If you’ve never used a video chat app or are feeling unsure about your technology, our team can walk you through the process step-by-step and help you get comfortable using the app.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our treatment programs, including teletherapy, contact one of our representatives today. We’re here to help you begin your recovery journey.

Editor – Melissa Carmona
As the content manager at Advanced Recovery Systems, Melissa Carmona puts years of writing and editing experience to work helping people understand substance abuse, addiction and mental health disorders. Read more

The Recovery Village. “Drug and Alcohol Use Increase During COVID-19” Accessed September 1, 2020.

State Medical Board of Ohio. “Telemedicine Guidance.” Accessed September 1, 2020.

National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter. “Telehealth in Ohio.” Accessed September 1, 2020.

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The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.