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How Technology and Recovery are Connected?

Though a lot of people may feel overly dependent on their cell phones, the technology behind them is changing the way we approach chemical dependency and other mental health disorders. Most Americans have access to the internet, and using this as another model to help support and improve the prevention, assessment, treatment, and recovery of people who have addiction issues is an important step in the right direction. Since the sub-population of teenagers and young adults are increasingly reliant on their mobile phones for the internet, social media, and other apps, using technology as an outreach method is imperative.

There is a wealth of information on addiction and recovery that is available online, and an ever-increasing amount of apps designed to support the recovery of those who want it. Various healthcare providers, including treatment centers, detox centers, doctors, and therapists have created online portals for patients as well as information for their families. Other apps are out there that are designed to assist people new in recovery to reintegrate into society. You can even find apps that track the amount of sober heartbeats a person has had since their last use.

Self-help groups have gone online, too. Here, you can find meeting schedules, community events, speaker tapes (recordings of speaker meetings), and even meetings themselves. There are also numerous support groups online, as well as information on meetups of people who are in recovery and have similar interests. For individuals who live in remote areas and are seeking care, telemedicine is available. If you go to a treatment center, the connection isn’t lost the minute you discharge. You will be able to connect to counselors and other guidance professionals as you adapt to your new life.

One of the newest advances in addiction treatment is the use of virtual reality. Exposure therapy is showing positive results in people who are reintegrating into society, and it may aid in relapse prevention for the newly sober. Help is available for those who want it. Enough cannot be said for treating addiction in person, and for those in recovery, the added support in the form of technology is an incentive that will keep improving in the years to come.

No matter how far down the scale you have gone, recovery is possible. You can make the decision to embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery by seeking help now. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with knowledgeable and compassionate professionals dedicated to helping clients build happy, fulfilling lives in sobriety, free from the chains of addiction. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431