The Department of Health supported researches on computer based systems that can help or even improve professional treatments and recovery programs in rehabilitation centers. While businesses embrace the idea of improving technology, health institutions has also considered the idea. Government agencies such as NIDA – National Institute of Drug Abuse and SAHMSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are now working together to test and implement technology-assisted care programs.
This huge step can make wonders. It can improve existing treatment programs or even develop a better support program that is as effective as what rehabilitation centers already have. And if testing and implementation is a success, this could be a good start for drug rehabilitation centers across the world.
According to studies, the best drug rehab centers throughout the nation are open to these technological ideas to help treat the growing number of drug addiction. Technological assisted care can even resolve the issue on lack of staff and volunteers which can be a possibility in the future.
Computer Based Training in Drug Rehabilitation Centers
Kathleen Carroll and her team came up with computer based training to assist in CBT treatment (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treatment). The program is designed with six modules based from the CBT manual as follows:
- Understanding substance use and its changing patterns
- Managing cravings
- Declining from drugs and alcohol even when presented
- Altering thoughts on drugs and alcohol
- Analytical and problem solving skills
- Reconsctucting decision-making skills.
The computer based training was introduced at random to a population of cocaine dependent patients who are on methadone maintenance. The results were impressive showing almost the same percentage as those who have undergone the normal treatment process.
Computer-based Training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Can Technology make a significant Change in the present addiction Treatments?
Technology has gone far in improving the lives of the people. While it has not replaced 100% of how we live, it is there to stay and improve the way people live. In the same view, technology can change the way addiction is treated in the future but it will not totally replace proven treatments that had been used for many years. However, technology can contribute to how treatments are implemented making it better and more effective.
Technology-based treatments duplicate what is already known to be effective in rehabilitation programs and they are not created to replace these known treatments. These programs are designed to assist treatments to achieve better results.