I read a recent article about eGetGoing.com and was struck by the notion of online therapy groups for alcoholics / addicts. I am all for the idea that there are many approaches to addiction treatment, and this idea of online seems to be another way, and one that could prove very effective for some people. Speaking of effective, there is no data, yet, whether this approach works long-term, as it’s just getting started. Quoting from their website, here is how eGetGoing works:
eGetgoing combines proven traditional group treatment methods with the latest Internet technology to bring you the first ever, live, interactive, group treatment online.
speak (not type) with fellow group members using a headset and a microphone (supplied by eGetgoing)
see your counselor live in real time on your monitor
remain completely anonymous
access your group session from wherever you are
In this dynamic, interactive setting, group members get to talk to each other under the guidance of an experienced counselor as they work together to overcome their dependency on drugs and alcohol. eGetgoing uses a proven treatment approach that is based on the 12-Step philosophy.
Also from their website:
Immediate access to group sessions;
Guaranteed Anonymity (see your counselor, speak with your group and remain anonymous);