Online Group Psychotherapy for Addiction During Covid-19
Received Date: January 04, 2020; Published Date: March 09, 2021
Aim: This study aimed to analyse the transition to online group psychotherapy for addiction due to the unprecedented effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The secondary aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of an online group psychotherapy programme for addiction.
Methods: The Treatment Outcomes Profile (TOPS) was used to assess service user treatment outcomes and abstinence, as well as PHQ9 and GAD7 scores where obtained.
Results: 90% of service users (SU) were discharged as drug and alcohol free upon completion of the programme. 60% of SU completed psychometric outcome data with both PHQ-9 and GAD-7 scores showing a statistically significant decrease from baseline scores.
Conclusion: The results indicate good potential for a virtual group programme delivering online psychotherapy for addiction.
Keywords: Substance abuse; Addiction; Behavioural group therapy; Online therapy; Psychotherapy outcome