COVID-19 has recently shined a different light on telehealth. In a world where hospitals are overwhelmed, and the front-line healthcare workers are our everyday heroes, a trip to the ER, or family physician should be avoided at all costs. While telehealth is not a new solution, the recent surge in demand has made it a viable option for a variety of healthcare needs. Since telehealth is a remote healthcare option, it does not pose the same risks as an in person visit.
Stigma, causing shame and guilt, attached to substance use prevents people from asking for professional help. Guilt says “I am doing something terribly bad and deserve to be treated badly.”