In the past few decades, technological advances have completely transformed the way we live. Email streamlined our work patterns, text messaging kept loved ones a touch away, and social media reoriented our entire lives. Even hospitals and physicians’ offices have completely rebuilt their patient processing system to incorporate the latest technology. But did you know that emerging technologies are also changing the future of substance abuse treatment? It’s true! Many addiction counsellors and specialists have discovered exciting, innovative ways to support recovery through cutting-edge addiction recovery technologies.
Community Support Networks
Since many rural areas are far removed from high-quality mental health and substance abuse treatments, the National Institutes of Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are working together to build a network of addiction recovery technologies and care providers. This initiative, part of the federal response to the opioid emergency, has already saved lives in states ravaged by drug addiction. Although these treatments can never replace the robust, comprehensive level of care offered at a residential treatment center, it could be a valuable stopgap for those who cannot access care in their area.
Mobile Addiction Recovery Technologies
Plenty of addiction recovery technologies function just like popular social media platforms. Apps like SoberTool, recoveryBox, and Quit That allow you to easily track habits, monitor your triggers, and even email your daily progress to an accountability partner. For those who have found hope and healing in the 12-Step model, Alcoholics Anonymous recently released a free mobile version of its famous Big Book. With the full text of the classic resource, plus a meeting finder and sobriety calendar, it’s a fantastic tool for anyone who is coping with a substance abuse problem.
Recently, Pear Therapeutics released the first mobile app that was approved by the FDA to help treat substance abuse disorder. Pear reSET, a comprehensive digital therapy app, guides users through a customized 12-week plan that tracks goals, rewards, and lessons. For the time being, however, Pear reSET is only available to individuals with a prescription.
Chat Rooms And Online Communities
Have you ever struggled to explain your struggles in person, but felt comfortable to a friend through a Facebook message or email? If so, then you’re not alone. Many people find it much easier to discuss sensitive topics and personal struggles with people they don’t know. Unsurprisingly, online chat rooms, support groups, accountability partnerships, and other online addiction recovery technologies are becoming more and more common as technology becomes part of everyday life. The anonymity and confidentiality of the Internet can be incredibly helpful when you’re dealing with the social stigmas of drug or alcohol addiction.
For those who choose a more traditional therapeutic approach, technology can maintain connections to loved ones at home. Video chat tools like Skype and FaceTime make it easy to get in touch with friends and family far away, keeping you embedded in your support network while you receive addiction treatment. At CARUS Recovery, for instance, video chat allows us to bring loved ones into our intensive family therapy sessions. Loneliness and isolation can be huge stumbling blocks, especially when you travel far for addiction treatment. Sometimes, just seeing a spouse’s face or hearing a child’s loving voice is all you need to keep your spirits high.
Contact Our Team
At CARUS Recovery, we use the latest addiction recovery technologies and supports to help residents recover from their addictions and reconnect with the people who matter most. If you’re struggling with the isolation and disconnectedness of substance abuse, support is available no matter where you are. Call our team at 877-225-7774 to learn more about our innovative residential treatment program!