Ep 132: Exploring Online Rehab with Robin McIntosh

If you have ever considered rehab to help change your relationship with alcohol – there is good news. With these changing times and the possibility of telehealth and online therapy, there are more options than ever.

Most of us are familiar with the traditional models of treatment; an in-patient facility for 30 days with options for 3–6 months longer in sober living or a half-way house. There are also private pay rehabilitation centers that look very different, with specialized services such as Shiatsu by the pool, equine therapy and private chefs. Another option might be IOP – Intensive Outpatient Therapy where an individual attends classes and group sessions for several hours a day vs. living full time at a facility.

Now, there is a new model that is available. My guest on the podcast this week is Robin McIntosh, co-founder of Workit Health, an alternative to the traditional form of rehab.

Workit Health addresses many of the barriers to entering treatment:

  • Money – Workit Health is covered by most insurance and is a fraction of the cost because there is no facility for upkeep
  • Stigma – Workit Health does not require that you meet with your HR department or share with extended family that you are entering treatment (you may choose to do so, but unlike leaving for 30 days, there is greater anonymity).
  • Time – you don’t have to leave for 30 + days. This can be a huge deterrent for some people
  • Waiting – I have been on the frustrating end of trying to find a ‘bed’ for a treatment center. With online telehealth, there is no waiting period.

Workit Health has a combined approach which includes screening for medication assistance, harm reduction goals, and group therapy. 

I am excited to know this option is out there – I am deeply invested in bringing you more tools, more choices and, ultimately, more freedom. I hope you will take a close look at online rehab and see if it might be the right for you or a loved one.

Robin McIntosh is the Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Workit Health, an innovative harm reduction-based treatment program.

Robin spent much of her young life struggling with substance use and eating disorders. After years of relapse, multiple stays at in-person treatment, and a post-rehab drinking binge that led to her being cut off by her family, she got into long-term recovery and built a stable life. Several years into her recovery, Robin and a sober friend looked around at the people they had lost to the traditional treatment system and the friends who were still struggling. Together, they decided to create a better way to recover—evidence-based, readily accessible, and grounded in harm reduction. They founded Workit Health in 2015, and now the company treats alcohol and opioid use disorders, as well as a range of co-occurring conditions via our telehealth app.

Now 16 years alcohol-free, Robin’s years leading an addiction treatment company combined with her lived experience as a woman with substance use and eating disorders give her a unique perspective on recovery.

Find out more about Workit Health

 

To hear more inspirational stories like these, hit subscribe so you never miss out!

Latest Episodes

Ep 135 This Creative Life with Tawny Lara

Ep 135 This Creative Life with Tawny Lara

When we stop drinking and over drinking we have so many possibilities. For me, exploring those possibilities looked like going back to school and becoming a nutritionist. It looked like becoming certified as a life coach and helping people discover how to drink less...

Ep 134: Racing for Recovery with Todd Crandell

Ep 134: Racing for Recovery with Todd Crandell

  Do you believe that 'with sobriety anything is possible'? When you hear the story of Todd Crandell, you will. Todd is the founder of Racing for Recovery, a center to help people move away from addiction and towards recovery. Todd is the Original Sober...

Ep 133: You Are Not Stuck with Becky Vollmer

Ep 133: You Are Not Stuck with Becky Vollmer

Have you ever felt 'stuck'? Chances are, the answer is yes. We can feel stuck in circumstances, situations that feel beyond our control. We can feel stuck when we are trying to manage other peoples feelings or reactions. Let's face it, feeling stuck can suck! But,...

Ep 131: Frame Your Change with Kim Ades

Ep 131: Frame Your Change with Kim Ades

  "The way you think will have a profound impact on everything you see, hear, smell, taste, touch. Everything is filtered through your thoughts and your beliefs.". Kim Ades If this sounds familiar, it's because I talk a lot about thoughts and beliefs and how they...

Ep: 130 Unleashing Your Vitality with Aundrea Sides

Ep: 130 Unleashing Your Vitality with Aundrea Sides

One of the many gifts of becoming alcohol-free is the ability to explore our inner world. In the podcast episode I share with Aundrea Sides, we dive into the extraordinary and psychic realm of possibility. This is an episode I want to invite you to listen to closely....

Ep 129: Be the Leader of Your AF Life with Toni Will

Ep 129: Be the Leader of Your AF Life with Toni Will

  A few years ago, I was interviewed by Scott Pinyard on This Naked Mind podcast, and he asked me "who would play you in a movie about your life?". This was an unexpected question, so I answered on the spot "Reese Witherspoon". It was a fun moment, but what I...

Ep. 128 Family Ties with Todd Kinney

Ep. 128 Family Ties with Todd Kinney

    "I didn't believe it either" might be the sentiment that you feel about your alcohol-free journey. I often see posts from people who share their day count and express wonderment that they have reached this place of freedom. My guest on the podcast today took...

Ep. 127: The Heart of Sober Living

Ep. 127: The Heart of Sober Living

Becoming alcohol-free was one of the hardest things I have ever done. In the beginning, figuring out how to live alcohol-free was also extremely difficult. This is true for most of my clients and the people I meet who have undertaken this journey. So, why do we keep...

Ep 126: The Magic of Aging

Ep 126: The Magic of Aging

  I recently heard the sentiment that anti-aging is a ridiculous notion as the opposite of aging would be not aging, as in 'death'. I think there might be a few ad executives who haven't received the message🙃 To continue our conversation about aging and whether you...

Looking for more?

Let’s connect on Social Media!