A recent report revealed that 1 in every 8 American adults suffered from drug and alcohol disorders simultaneously. The reality is that addiction is a serious problem in the U.S.

Around 15,000 drug treatment centers are currently operational in the U.S. Treatment is done by a variety of healthcare professionals. The treatment setting available to patients includes inpatient (admittance to a hospital), outpatient (treatment outside a hospital), residential treatment.

The general public’s access to the internet and technology has brought about hope for those struggling with addiction. Technology is so easy to access in today’s world that many are looking to use it in healthcare. However, relying on technology alone to take care of patients is still a thing of the future.

When technology is paired with in-person treatment, that’s when it is most effective. Still, strides are being made in this method of treatment. Read on to learn how technology is helping addiction recovery treatment.

Addiction Recovery – 101

Technology has brought about numerous benefits to so many aspects of our lives. Yet how effective can it really be? Why might technology be favored?

For one, technology gives patients the ability to use proven methods at a time, place, and consistency that works best for them.

Intervention

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and TES (Therapeutic Education System) are two promising players in addiction recovery treatment.

Recently, a new variation of CBT called CBT4CBT was introduced. CBT4CBT is a self-guided, online program that helps patients understand substance abuse. This online program showed a 19 percent increase in patients’ likeliness to abstain from cocaine.

TES is geared towards technology even more than CBT. TES uses cognitive behavioral intervention along with positive reinforcement that is prize-based. A significant number of users were able to maintain abstinence upon using TES with traditional therapy. Better yet, TES included modules that helped prevent HIV, hepatitis, and other STDs.

Positive reinforcement is also being used in neurofeedback therapy. This method used to help patients learn to crave rewards that replace alcohol and drugs.

The patient is connected to electrodes and the doctor is able to read the patient’s brainwaves. Images are then shown to the patient. When the patient responds positively, the doctor rewards them with more positive reinforcement.

Technology benefits both the caregiver and the patient in that it teaches the patient about the disease. This, in turn, gives the caregiver more time to focus on the individual’s specific needs.

If you’re looking into treatment, a detox center is a great place to start. You’ll be informed about your treatment options and get connected to people who want to help.

Make Your Choice

Still, there is no perfect treatment method. Technology has made strides in addiction recovery treatment. However, it is always important to remember that the individual needs to do their part.

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Editorial Staff, "How Technology is Advancing Addiction Recovery Treatment," in Medicalopedia, May 28, 2019, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/7499/how-technology-is-advancing-addiction-recovery-treatment/].