Can Telehealth Programs Prescribe Narcotics?

When you hear “telehealth” or “telemedicine,” one of the first questions that probably pop up in your head is, “how does someone get a prescription online?”  The answer is easy, our medical team will perform an assessment for you, including two-way video conferencing on a smartphone, computer, or tablet. If indicated, a provider will call in a prescription for medication into your local pharmacy choice. You will meet virtually with your clinical team for counseling and virtual groups. Ongoing treatment and support will be provided at a level that appropriately addresses your personal acuity and goals. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance.

So, if your telehealth doctor determines you would benefit from an FDA-approved medication such as buprenorphine or another kind of medication to assist with withdrawal, you can rest assured that you will be able to have that prescription called in to the pharmacy of your choice.

If you are looking for Vivitrol or suboxone in Ohio and have not had much luck, Cove Recovery is worth checking out. After your virtual assessment and virtual one on one with a doctor, you can be prescribed medication for addiction treatment.

Once you identify and confirm whichever pharmacy you prefer, we will call in your prescription to that pharmacy. It is important to establish that Cove Recovery does not prescribe narcotics, or any medication considered as a “pain killer” or a “pain pill”.  When you hear the word narcotics, or google this word, the pharmaceutical drugs like OxyContin®, Vicodin®, codeine, morphine, methadone, and fentanyl come to mind. These are not prescribed through Cove Recovery. These types of medications can easily be abused, as much as or more so than “illegal substances” at times.

Often, an addiction begins with an injury of some sort, and the patient is prescribed a powerful narcotic for a while, to ease the pain. Once a doctor deems their patient as no longer needing the pain medication for the healed injury, they will either wean them off of that pain medication properly, or sometimes they are cut off.  This can often lead to immediate desperation to avoid withdrawal, and sometimes turning to illegal substances is “the only option” for some. This is how easy it is to get caught up in an addiction.

At Cove Recovery, we want to make sure you are prescribed the appropriate medications for your symptoms. These decisions are not made lightly, and we review your thorough medical history, listen to your story, and gather every piece of information needed to assess, diagnose, and prescribe what you and your staff feel is best for you.  If one medication or dosage isn’t working, we are happy and willing to try other medications or change dosing for you to get you exactly where you need to be. 

There is no one-size-fits-all for substance use disorder.

For qualifying patients, a comprehensive addiction treatment program is available entirely online through Cove Recovery. Through the use of medication (MAT), group therapy, one-to-one counseling, and social services, we use evidence-based care to help patients to heal mentally, emotionally, and physically from anywhere with reliable internet. 

You’ll also need a state issued ID, copy of your insurance card, and some basic information.  If you don’t have copies of those, please call us at 833.626.2683 and we can help find alternative ways to verify your identity or help you enroll in the program. Please find a private area where you can interact with medical and clinical providers without being overheard.  A safe storage area for medications and toxicology supplies is also important.