How Technology Can Be The Future of Addiction Prevention

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I’m sure the title provokes meandering thoughts a lot are willing to host, and why not? Addicts can assure you that prevention is not at all easy, rather aggravated by increased costs of proper alcohol addiction treatment and other drug rehabilitation programs. With technology increasingly becoming an inextricable part of our daily lives, it should not strike as a surprise if technology can camouflage their way into our addiction and make a fix. On that uplifting note, here are some of the proven ways on how technology can prevent addiction.

The Use of Recovery Apps

There are many applications which are made to help those recovering from addiction; most of these apps can be downloaded on your smartphone or a gadget that can access the internet.

Apps Specifically Made for Alcoholics
There are several apps that allow addicts– whether alcoholics or drug addicts, to communicate with one another, share their experiences and how they want to overcome their addiction. Aside from that, there’s also an app that would constantly remind you to stay away from drinking too much.

Apps Specifically Made for Drug Addicts
Apps such as Twenty Four Hours a Day are made for recovering addicts, which would prevent them from thinking that there’s no one for them. This app utilizes the power of prayer and meditation to help an addict get through each day. However, this app isn’t only for drug addicts, even regular people can also try using it.

Instant Communication with the Support System

Let us not forget that email, social media, mobile phones, video chatting and the like are some of the best ways to stay in touch with family and friends. Take advantage of this and utilize technology to communicate with the members of your support system whenever you need to. Whenever you experience the withdrawal temptation, don’t hesitate to talk to a member of your support team – this can help you calm down and relieve stress. The first step to addiction prevention starts with acknowledging it.

Blogging and Social Media

Although spending a lot of time in social media can itself be very addictive, especially if you don’t know how to control yourself, know that long online hours can be beneficial and very inspirational as well. Those who are comfortable with sharing their own experiences online should not hesitate in doing that, because it’s a way to reach out to others who are probably experiencing the same thing or have previously dealt with it. Also, it’s a great way to connect with people who are trying to recover, and are looking for a support group. This can help a person stay motivated and overcome his addiction successfully.

Best of all, social media and blogging can also be the channel where you announce your success and help others.

Instant Connection to Information Sources

The privilege of being able to carry our mobile devices wherever we go, gives us the opportunity to access the world of information right when we need it. That means, aside from receiving help from family and friends, we can also achieve access of a wide range of information in our convenience.

There are a lot of addiction recovery forums filled with discussions about techniques that have helped others overcome their problems. Likewise, there are online encyclopedias that contain all the information that you’ll ever want to know about the health consequences of taking a particular drug. There are also various video resources that actually demonstrate how to manage stress through meditation – all of these, contributing to well-fleshed portals on prevention techniques.

The truth is, computerized interventions can actually encourage us to think that technology is capable of helping us end our addiction. These treatments have a common trait– it can be an outlet to reach others and some utilize technology as a way to replicate certain therapy programs.

Just like anything else, computer programs also have its limitations. Most of these still require proper distribution and education. For those who want some privacy or doesn’t have the ability to go to a rehabilitation center or a therapist, these technological advancements can be a viable solution that could help a person recover from his addiction.

Dave Hawthorne is a public health professional living in Scottsdale. He loves to write about healthy living, fitness and nutrition. In his free time he usually goes out for cycling.