Technology Partnership will Bolster BCCS Treatment Programs

Talk to almost anyone on a recovery journey, and they’ll stress the importance of their recovery network. Few can go it alone. And there can be a big difference between supportive friends and family, and a recovery network of peers and trained counselors who understand what the individual is going through.

One of the greatest personal rewards of our work at Brandywine Counseling and Community Services is being a part of a client’s recovery network. It’s also one of the inherent frustrations: we’re a limited resource, and there are only so many hours in a day. We simply can’t be everywhere, for everyone, all at once.

Many individuals in recovery face another challenge connecting with a personal recovery network. During the COVID-19 pandemic, several support groups in the community had to go virtual, making it harder for those seeking help to develop personal connections. And we all experienced the social effects of the lockdown. For those in recovery, reestablishing relationships after the long period of isolation can be especially challenging.

Introducing eRecovery

That’s why I’m so excited about our recently announced partnership with CHESS Health, the leading provider of evidence-based digital health solutions for substance use disorder. CHESS Health’s eRecovery solution, which includes the Connections app, helps individuals reduce isolation, build confidence, and adhere to a treatment and recovery plan. Our clients can now use a smartphone anytime, anywhere to access certified peer recovery specialists and robust tools. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recognizes the many benefits of telehealth in treating substance use disorders. Not only will eRecovery provide continuity of care, but its privacy also reduces the risk of social stigma when accessing help.

As far as we know, this is a first in our state. I’m proud that Brandywine Counseling and Community Services is ushering in technology-based innovations to Delaware’s recovery communities.

Strengthening Our Programs

Of course, eRecovery is not a substitute for the in-person treatment provided by our caring and dedicated staff. As HHS states, “When used in combination with other treatment methods, telebehavioral health interventions can be part of an integrated approach to treating substance use disorders.”

Our range of treatments, including outpatient, and mobile outreach, along with our peer programs, remain the foundation of an integrated approach to substance abuse and other behavioral health challenges. At the same time, BCCS will lead the way in bringing innovative treatment tools that benefit clients and their care providers. As always, your support of our efforts is appreciated.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance misuse or other behavioral health challenges, BCCS is there to help.

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