Technology is bringing new help to those in recovery. It is making support and knowledge available to a wider audience than ever before. Another advantage of technological help is its constant availability — around the clock, seven days a week.
What are some of these aids? The computer, of course, is a primary one. Internet radio programs such as Recovery Radio Network broadcast around the clock. They provide 12-step speakers, addiction recovery news, information about addictions, workshops, and opportunities to chat with others in recovery.
The shows at Take 12 Radio focus on the 12-step approach to recovery and relapse prevention. Talk programs plus music promoting recovery are featured. Recovery Coast to Coast is a talk show available nightly. It is sponsored by the Alliance for Recovery and features interviews, testimonials from people in recovery, and call-ins from listeners.
Technology is within one's control. It can be a source of addictions or a source of treatment and support. If technology has previously fed into one's addictions, place blocks on the sites of concern. Learning to use technology in a positive manner to enhance recovery may be one more benefit of reprogramming one's thinking and associations.
Multiple online message boards and chat rooms are available for 12-step meetings of all kinds. Sites are available for addicts as well as family members. While going to actual meetings may provide a needed personal connection, if an addict is ill, has no transportation, or is simply not ready, he doesn't have to miss a meeting as online meetings are available on a regular basis.
There are also free online movies and television programs available through Sobriety Television. The programs at this site provide information about addiction recovery, help with the 12 steps, personal recovery stories, and much more. Home Box Office (HBO) has completed a major documentary covering several different components of addiction that can be viewed online as well.
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the use of video and/or computer technology to access mental health care from rural or remote areas. A person can speak with a health care provider and, if video components are available, the provider can also observe the person calling. This technology can also be used among professionals for consultations and training purposes.
Of course, there are unlimited articles, research, and information pieces regarding addictions and recovery available on the Internet. Although it is impossible to list all of these sites, some significant ones are listed here. Hand-held computers that are now found in combination with cellular phones and other handheld devices make it more convenient than ever to complete therapeutic homework such as recording thoughts, triggers, feelings, and so forth.
One can even provide support and encouragement to someone struggling with addictions through an e-card. Free e-cards designed to inspire recovery can be accessed at 123 Greetings. It seems there is no end to the possibilities of technology in aiding addiction recovery. Technology addicts, however, may want to use caution and utilize other types of addiction recovery aids.