Thousands of North Dakota residents vulnerable to relapse and overdose can now access medication-assisted treatment without leaving home.

Ideal Option, a national leader in evidence-based treatment for addiction to opioids, alcohol and other substances, has launched a “Virtual Clinic” for new and existing patients to get addiction treatment via video chat from home or a location of their choice. The virtual clinic gives thousands of people with opioid use disorder living in rural areas an opportunity to access medication-assisted treatment in real-time from any location.

“We developed a virtual clinic to help patients shelter in place during COVID-19, but our vision is to keep it open beyond the pandemic,” said Tim Kilgallon, Ideal Option’s CEO. “The ability to deliver evidence-based treatment to opioid use disorder patients, no matter where they live, will make a momentous impact on the opioid epidemic. We’re optimistic about the future if federal and state barriers to starting addiction treatment remain lifted.”

In addition to offering virtual treatment to new and existing patients, and longer prescriptions to stable patients, Ideal Option is also shifting to home urine testing, and will soon offer additional lab services in the home.

Patients who don't have internet access, a mobile device, computer or a private place for their video chat session can utilize a telemedicine kiosk in any of Ideal Option's North Dakota clinics, located in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and Williston.

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