Technology is really helping to improve our everyday lives. There’s a reason why most Americans are already exploiting the benefits of artificial intelligence in their homes and workplaces.
For instance, a Gallup research revealed that almost half of smartphone users are utilizing the AI assistant on their phones, while 22% have installed smart assistants in their homes. More than 8 in 10 of smartphone users make use of the navigation apps built-in into their devices.
It’s no surprise why people are always glued to the phones. Nielsen reported that American adults are spending an average of three hours and 48 minutes per day on their smartphones, tablets, and computers in the first quarter of 2018. The figure represented a 13-minute hike in the number of minutes compared to the last quarter of 2017.
While some say that our obsession with digital devices is playing a part to the degeneration of social and communication skills, nobody can deny how technology is helping improve our lives.
Current Apps for Addiction Recovery
Technology helping improve our lives can be applied to addiction recovery, as well. With addiction rates in America, skyrocketing Technology is augmenting the methods and principles adopted by rehab facilities, drug counselors, and psychotherapists, which in turn is helping save countless lives.
New addiction recovery apps are being developed to help people focus on their sobriety and connect with others who are in the same position. This allows people to work on their recovery in the comfort of their homes and allows people to discuss their issues with others who can relate. The following addiction recovery apps are currently available on the market today.
1.12 Steps AA Companion – This has become some sort of an official app of the Alcoholics Anonymous. Among the features of the app are the sobriety calculator, prayers, promises, contacts, and all 164-page of The Big Book (which is the bible of the AA).
2. SoberGrid – The Facebook for recovering dependents. You can join a global community of people who have been through what you are experiencing now. They can provide you with tips, words of encouragements, and practical ways to beat your addiction or avoid a relapse. There’s also live peer counseling, which is open 24/7.
3. Pear reSet – This addiction recovery app has been proven to be useful in outpatient treatment for cocaine, alcohol, and marijuana addiction. It doesn’t yet include opioid dependence because it’s still under review by the Food and Drug Administration. However, the reset app has gotten the endorsement of the FDA, which found that the success rate of abstinence increased to 40.3 percent for people who used to app compared to the 17.6 percent for people who haven’t used the app.
4. SoberTool – The SoberTool is intended to be your constant companion because your phone is always with you anyway. The app was developed through the collaboration of a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor along with the Ohio State University. Some of the contents include practical application of the cognitive behavioral therapy and the 12-step method.
5. AA Speakers – This app is a library of over 500 pieces of audio content gathered from workshops, recovery speakers, and audio books. You can listen in anytime you need to as long as you have an Internet connection. You can also better understand the teachings of the Big Book.
6. Nomo – This is a sobriety tracking app, which can be very invaluable for families so they can help a loved one who is struggling with addiction. For people who are struggling with their sobriety, the visual tool will help motivate them to avoid picking up their old habits. The good thing about this app is that the creators went through the same recovery, as well, so they can relate to the difficulty of abstinence.
The way technology is providing quality help in an area that very much needs it, is unprecedented. For those in recovery today it is easier than ever to connect with people in recovery from addiction and to learn about addiction and how to stay sober.
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