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Instant communication cannot be underestimated when it comes to helping a recovering addict staying sober.
Below we will begin the first of a 3-part series of articles that focus on how technology can help a person maintain sobriety.
Sobriety can be maintained without technology, but…
Getting and staying sober is certainly not a new challenge, and it can be achieved without the use of technology, but if you have such a resource then why not use it?
The ever-increasing availability of smartphones and electronic devices gives a host of resources that can help a person in their efforts to stay away from the substance that caused them huge problems in the first place.
We will list numerous resources that can help a recovering addict resist relapse temptation. While all will not suit everyone, there will surely be certain ways that technology can add to the recovery experience and do those in need the power of good.
The experiences of others who have used technology to help them come to terms with, fully understand, and accept their need for staying sober have helped tremendously.
We will start with one resource that is glaringly obvious, but is also very powerful:
Words of encouragement:
There are undoubtedly periods of sobriety where every recovering addict struggles. A situation is getting you down, the plan does not appear to be working, harsh words spoken have affected you far more than the speaker understands. The reasons are endless.
But rather than go in search of a substance or purchasing a bottle, the addict should reach for their smartphone or laptop
Contact your counsellor, sponsor or a trusted sober friend. They will offer words of encouragement. They will help you work things out relating to whatever it is that is bothering you, and be able to reinforce exactly why a relapse will do nothing whatsoever to put things right.
It is understandable that recovering addicts feel that at times they are fighting their demons alone.
Take advantage of social media stories and particularly addiction recovery blogs. This will help you realise that you are not alone, and that there are countless other men and women in the out there working hard to maintain sobriety.
These stories can inspire, they can help you understand exactly what phases of recovery some have been through and what others are currently going through. They will also give invaluable tips and advice on what action to take in certain situations and how best to remain positive and therefore staying sober.
Tell your own story:
While this is not for everyone, many will benefit tremendously from posting their stories, current thoughts, feelings and even commenting on pieces read.
If you think this way of expressing yourself will help your personal healing experience then do not hesitate to give it a go.
Remember there is no right or wrong, only how you feel, what actions you take and how you best avoid those days when things seem to be getting on top of you. This means you should feel free to tell it exactly as it is.
The 2nd article will concentrate on other ways in which technology can help you stay on the path of sobriety.