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It is not a big surprise that technology has improved the quality of our lifestyle in many ways. However, will it be able to add the same to substance abuse and recovery?
FREMONT, CA: In this digital age, it will be wrong to consider technology as an addition to our lives. In fact, it is something which is always present. From present-day innovative devices that help us in performing our routine tasks to our smartphones, which we continuously hold stuck to our eyes, the majority of us stay in touch with trends almost the whole day.
How technology has integrated with our community
Technology has contributed enormously to the education field as students enabling them to access more information than before. They can complete their coursework online, thereby freeing up the teachers from the workload. Similarly, banking has become online. Consequently, business transactions have become rapid, convenient, and more secure.
As everyone is turning their focus towards developing technology in different domains, some are awaiting games that can engage the children for hours while others are scanning answers for medical dilemmas.
With around 20 million Americans having numerous types of addictions, it is clear that people are putting their efforts into finding solutions or at least help the addicts by utilizing technology.
Utilizing technology to empower lifelong recovery
Technology has given addicts and those with substance disorders the opportunity to understand more and find services that can help them in recovery.
Various investigations have already proven the capability of technology in terms of assessments, treatment, and relapse prevention. A-CHESS, a smartphone-based recovery support system, led to a 46 percent decline in heavy drinking days of liquor-dependent individuals. In a recently conducted study, it was observed that the Tetris game helped college students’ and young adults ranging from 18-27 years of age to oversee cravings.
Moreover, new apps are being created, which focus on those issues that cannot be addressed without technology. For example, the Sober Grid app serves as social network support to people who are fighting, and having somebody online in a desperate hour can limit the requirements to yield to cravings.
Other projects and applications utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to educate users and assist them in changing their reactions and adapting to real-life circumstances that might have been stressful or triggers before. Another CBT4CBT, utilize questionnaires and videos that help in detecting triggers and the way they transform the conduct around the addicts.
While researchers are exploring more creative ways that technology can help with the process of recovery, it’s clear that technological advancements are already improving the lives of addicts. So, it can be said that there is much promise in exploring the opportunities that lie ahead.