We’ve got good news and great news. Which do you want first? Okay. The good news is there are now more social apps people can employ to aid and abet in their recovery. The great news is that pairing these so-called sobriety apps with addiction treatment only increases their effectiveness.
Indeed, according to a recent CNET piece, Sobriety Gets the Social Treatment, "both the App Store and Google Play are loaded with social apps that aim to help people in recovery. These include I Am Sober, which describes itself as a motivational companion, and Nomo, which tracks days you've stayed straight. Social network Sober Grid connects recovering addicts, while A-CHESS aims to prevent relapses and to make it easy for counselors to reach out to patients. SoberTool shares motivational messages and features a community forum."
CNET was quick to add though that “these apps are intended to supplement in-person treatments, not replace them, though they can serve people who don't have easy access to those treatments.”
The caution is well-founded:
“Research has shown that people who regularly attend in-person meetings at Alcoholics Anonymous and similar programs are more likely to stay sober longer. Another found that personal support was a key element of participants' recovery, helping them stay motivated while reducing symptoms of depression.”
"The key to sobriety is relationships," said Peter Ruderman, a psychoanalyst at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. "People go to 12-step programs seeking relationships, and they get tremendous support from the group."
That’s why Recovery Boot Camp is steeped in the 12-Step Program, and why we’re the kind of by-the-Big-Book addiction treatment center which places such a strong emphasis on face-to-face therapy, sponsor-driven step-work and fellowship. There’s no replacing human contact, no matter how advanced the technology.
That said, we here at RBC, as well as our sister sober living facility, Healing Properties, applaud the latest digital assitance to recovery, and wholeheartedly encourage their being added to the treatment equation. After all, you can’t be with people 100% of the time.
“And that may be the best way to look at such sobriety aids,” continues CNET, “ [as] a stopgap when addicts need it most.”