When most of us hear “technological advances,” we think of new computers, new phones, new video games, and new gadgets but not something new for Addiction Treatment. Why can’t a technological advance also help those with addiction advance through treatment and recovery? It can. Addiction treatment has come a long way and that includes using technology to help those who need it.
Sensory Integration Therapy
One of the newer therapies implemented in addiction treatment is Sensory Integration Therapy. This therapy uses specially designed sensory rooms known as Snoelezen rooms. In these rooms there are over 65 different colored LED lights, projections featuring calming imagery such as beaches or mountains, and music or ambient noise all used to help the patient identify their feelings and learn how to calm themselves. Most people abuse their substance when they are feel depressed, anxious, angry, pain, or other extreme emotions. These rooms and the help of a Sensory Integration therapist can help them learn how to identify these emotions, understand why they are feeling this way, and learn how to calm themselves without the use of their substance. The lights, imagery, and sounds can create a calming feeling for patients. Many choose light colors such as blue, purple, or pink while listening to bird chirp or waves crashing on the beach and looking at images of a beach or forest allow patients to escape their minds and emotions and calm themselves. It allows for a peace to settle over them and they can use the time to meditate or reflect on things that put them at ease. It is a safe place for them to express their feelings and become aware of their bodies and the control they have over both. It allows people to become more self-aware and feel as though they have more control over their emotions, addiction, and everyday life. To learn more about this therapy and the sensory room click here.
Virtual Outpatient Treatment
Technology is virtually at the fingertips of every person now. Using Telehealth and virtual Intensive Outpatient Treatment is another new way that taps into that technology. Telehealth uses telecommunication equipment to link mental health and substance abuse treatment to consumers in different areas. Research has shown that it is as effective as face-to-face intervention and shows to be a promising tool for substance abuse treatment and support. People living in isolated areas without treatment readily available can use this program as well as people who are required to travel for work on a regular basis. They can attend private and group therapy sessions from anywhere as well as other helpful resources with greater access and frequency. To learn more about virtual treatment click here.
After treatment, those in recovery can feel isolated or like they are lacking support. After treatment many people are still in contact with their therapist and are encouraged to make new sober friends or friends who support their new lifestyle. There are many ways for them to meet these friends but it is still easier said than done. Some may feel more comfortable reaching out to others on a technological platform such as Facebook or other websites. Facebook has many different pages that you can follow and interact with and through for recovering addicts. Following these pages allows for daily inspiration and positive reinforcement for all of those in recovery and even specific pages for family members of those in recovery. Through platforms such as these, they can become connected with other people in similar situations and even get advice or just more support. This support as well as friendships can be the difference between staying in recovery and relapsing.
There are constantly new advances in technology and the understanding and treatment of addiction and mental health issues. When the two are combined it can offer more help to all involved including those who wouldn’t normally be able to find the help they need. It is important to note that while technology can help immensely, especially for those who do not have the help directly available, it is still important to get the right help. While people on social media can be a shoulder to lean on or someone to offer a quick word of encouragement they do not replace the licensed and knowledgeable therapists and doctors. Professional help is the best thing for people who are suffering with addiction and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Find out how the professionals and technology available at Recovery Ways can help you with just one phone call.