4 Ways Technology Is Helping Addiction Patients Rehabilitation

Posted: Nov 8 2019, 1:06pm CST | by

 

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4 Ways Technology is Helping Addiction Patients Rehabilitation

Unless you are living under a rock, you know that technology has changed our society. We are no longer the people we used to be, nor do we carry out things in the same manner. Our communication, education, entertainment, thinking and business patterns have changed – we all know this. But do you know that technology is also stepping into the realm of addiction treatment? Doctors and researchers are now using technology for drug and alcohol treatment; the same technology that people think is only used to communicate or be entertained by.

Due to the use of technology to treat addiction, rehabilitation options have also increased. If you or your loved one needs rehabilitation, but you are aware of only old school ways, here are new technological methods of addiction treatment you may want to consider:

Recovery Assistance App

There are various apps, some even available in the iTunes store, that are helping addicts in different ways. For instance, some apps like Big Book help patients find immediate help whenever they feel down or are in an aggravated situation. Other apps assist in tracking alcohol consumption and drug overdose.

Besides providing help, some apps also work to boost psychological and motivational levels of patients by delivering motivational messages that entice them to seek help for recovery and return to real life.

Connecting with Peers

Don’t we feel motivated when we connect with like-minded people? That’s what technology is doing for former addiction patients – helping them connect with each other for moral support. There are always chances of relapse after addiction treatment, and the moral support of fellow addicts helps a lot in remaining sober. Some apps like Squirrel Recovery,made at Ohio State University, helps former addiction patients to make a group and connect. People not only boost each other’s morale but also provide assistance to peers, whoever they are and whenever they are at risk or feel low.

Neurofeedback Therapy

Different hospitals and treatment centers are also using neurofeedback therapy to train the brain of addiction patients to stay focused whenever it feels inclined towards drug or alcohol consumption. In this method, doctors use electronic devices like electrodes, laptops, and software to read the brainwaves of the patient to analyze how his or her brain responds to certain things. If their brain responds positively to a constructive object or image, the doctor uses it to divert the patient’s mind towards these things instead of their substance abuse.

Online Treatment Programs

Besides the creation of apps for moral and emotional support and risk assistance, technology has also taken rehabilitation centers online. It has become easier for those in need of joining these programs who feel ashamed of physically going there or can’t join due to other reasons. Even though leaving their past surroundings and switching to another location benefits much in the rehabilitation of a patient, undergoing rehabilitation at home is better than not choosing treatment at all – and that’s where online treatment programs help.

Addiction is one of the fastest-growing concerns of society. It is good to know that many different sectors are contributing to combat it – including technology. If you or someone you know is struggling to fight addiction, try these options. Let’s fight the problems of modern society with modern means. And these ultra-modern options definitely seem like they are worth giving a try!

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Manfred "Luigi" Lugmayr () is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 25 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets, tech and online shopping. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology news and tech and toy shopping hub.
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