Professional Online Addiction Support
Professional and private addiction treatment, online via telehealth.
Speaking to a professional about your struggle with addiction can be an incredibly hard thing to do at first, but once you’ve reached out the process to overcome your addiction can begin.
Addiction disorders are complex – and often result in significant consequences for the affected individual and their loved ones.
Understanding the biological components of addiction can help an individual understand their battle, addiction involves the reward pathways in the brain – it’s caused by certain behaviours providing positive feelings and releasing ‘feel-good’ chemicals to ‘reward’ behaviours such as substance use.
Addiction and substance abuse issues are prevalent in Australia, around 1 in 20 Australians has either addiction or substance abuse problem, which we know can result in long-term damage to the brain and our body’s internal organs.
Online addiction support delivered via telehealth is not a new concept and was already growing at a steady rate prior to 2020.
However, during the global pandemic two factors at play greatly accelerated the adoption of online addiction treatment:
Forced social distancing which made e-health and online treatment the norm
Increased feelings of social isolation, heightened levels of uncertainty as a result of ongoing health concerns, record levels of job loss and unemployment drove many Australians deeper in their substance abuse issues
Medicare rebated addiction treatment with a personally matched, experienced psychologist.
One of the misconceptions with online addiction treatment, when compared to face-to-face support, is that it’s not available under – this is not the case.
At Online Psychologists Australia our sessions are rebated as part of Medicare. You’ll be individually matched with an expert psychologist that best meets your unique needs and preferences and addiction treatment can be largely reimbursed by Medciare.
How can untreated addiction disorders impact your daily life?
Untreated addiction disorders can have a catastrophic impact on not only your life, but the lives of your loved one around you.
Common addictive vices such as gambling, alcohol or substance abuse can and will interfere with day-to-day life, causing issues such as:
Difficulty maintaining healthy relationships
Agitation and aggression towards friends and family
Physical side effects of the substances themselves
Significant damage to vital organs and the brain
Additional mental health concerns such as anxiety or depression
Uncharacteristic behaviour such as unmitigated risk taking or theft to support habits
Overall, any combination of the impacts listed above often leads to a significant decrease in quality of life. It is not uncommon for individuals dealing with severe addiction issues to become completed isolated from their friends and family.
What are the common symptoms of depression we encounter?It is important to remember that we all experience symptoms of depression from time to time, and that may not necessarily mean you are depressed. Everybody suffers from depression in their own unique way and no two experiences are identical, however, there are a number of common symptoms we encounter, which are often summarised by feeling down, miserable, sad or hopeless – the loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities you may enjoy. Symptoms can include: Withdrawing from friends and family Restlessness Feeling perpetually tired and fatigued Inability to concentrate or focus on one task Issues with sleep Mood swings Loss or change of appetite Relying on alcohol or sedatives Feeling overwhelmed, unhappy, irritable and sad Thoughts of worthlessness or hopelessness
How do we treat depression?All of our psychologists are highly trained professionals with a history of success when treating patients suffering from symptoms of depression. Our psychologists don’t prescribe a one-size fits all approach to treating depression, but rather employ a host of evidence-based treatments and therapies proven to help alleviate the symptoms of depression. Your dedicated and personally matched psychologists may use any number of the following techniques: Schema Focused Therapy Assertiveness Training Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Solution Focused Brief Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Compassion Focused Therapy Behavioural Therapy Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
What are the benefits of seeking help?The upsides of seeking and receiving help for depression are immense. The experienced and professional team at Online Psychologists Australia have seen hundreds of patients experience benefits such as: Improved relationships and friendships Improved physical health Improved sleep and rest Improved feelings of happiness and a restoration of energy Feelings of a burden being lifted Sharper thinking and a better memory A healthier lifestyle A lower risk of future depression, as patients are often better equipped to deal with depressive periods
What can you expect from online addiction therapy?
Before you officially start your therapy – you’ll have a free 15-minute consultation so that we’re able to match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique needs, and your preferences.
Once you begin treatment, the team member will take the time to understand you as an individual – and will work to uncover the factors which are driving your addiction. You will find the conversation takes place in a completely safe, private and non-judgemental manner – your highly skilled psychologist is there to help you.
Depending on your individual needs and circumstances, the psychologist treating you can draw on a range of evidence-based treatments to get the best results.
Recovering from addiction won’t happen overnight, and more often than not, you will have some ‘homework’ or tasks to perform in-between sessions. These small tasks often involve being present and aware during day-to-day life and will help you make progress between sessions.
Get addiction support online today with a professional psychologist
Reaching out and accessing support for struggles with addiction can be tough, however, the benefits of doing so can be life changing.
Our warm, empathetic and understanding team of professionals are ready to help.
At Online Psychologists Australia, we offer a free, no obligation 15-minute consultation where we’ll personally match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique addiction needs.
All of our sessions are claimable with Medicare rebates.
Get the help you need today.
"The privacy and comfort of having sessions online, but still face-to-face over Zoom made me feel so much more at ease. I was able to open-up much quicker and felt like I was making progress after just my first session."
What our clients are saying
"Being able to book in appointments that work around my schedule has been incredible. Speaking to Rob has had the most positive impact on my mental wellbeing given the isolation I experienced in 2020."
"The fact I was able to get medicare rebate on my sessions made the whole process so much easier. I've already recommended Online Psychologists Australia to a few friends that have been struggling lately.
If you're having thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
If you’re having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, there are many organisations that can help you 24 hours, 7 days a week. They include: