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Using Technology to Stay Sober

Technology makes life so much easier–why not recovery too? There are several high tech recovery tools currently available and many more that are still in the early stages. They won’t do the hard work of recovery for you, but they might make some parts of recovery a little less daunting.

The most widely accessible technology is available on your phone. There are several apps you can get to help you out in a pinch. The Big Book app is basically a searchable Big Book with a few bonus features, including a comments section for each chapter, AA podcasts, and a meeting finder. It’s an easy way to have the big book in your pocket at all times.

Another popular app is called Sober Grid. It’s a free app that allows you to communicate with other sober people in your area. If you feel a craving coming on, you can hit the “burning desire” button and ask for help. You can chat with people or arrange to meet up with someone nearby. You can also use the app anonymously if you prefer.

There are also some programs that extend the reach of therapy. One program is called CBT4CBT, which stands for Computer-Based Training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most effective treatments for many problems including addiction. The program uses a variety of formats to teach the skills of CBT. This is just one such program that can be used in conjunction with regular therapy to become more familiar with therapeutic concepts and practice new skills.

More cutting edge approaches involve the use of virtual reality to practice dealing with situations that might tempt you to relapse. Maybe you take a virtual walk through a bar and someone offers you a drink. You can confront some of your triggers in a safe environment and practice until you feel more in control.

A technology called transcranial magnetic stimulation is being studied for possible use in treating addiction and has been used to reduce cigarette cravings. The idea is that the magnetic stimulation quiets the parts of the brain that become hyperactive during a craving. So far, the treatment has only been shown to reduce cravings in the moment without a lasting effect and the technology isn’t widely available, but it may be only a matter of time until someone figures out how to bring it to market.

Another useful tool might not be too far fetched if Google or Facebook decided to take on addiction. If they know what you want to buy before you do, why can’t they predict your cravings too? It’s not hard to imagine a scenario in which you get a call from your sponsor just as a craving hits.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help you detox and decide on a treatment strategy. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.