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Can Smartphone Addiction Derail Recovery?

Addiction to smartphones is impacting young and old people alike. The internet and smartphones can develop chemistry imbalances in the brain which may cause changes to how people think and behave. There are many reasons smartphones can derail recovery from alcohol or drugs. Find out why that is and how to make changes if you are seeking treatment for addiction.

Harder Recovery

Hundreds of millions of Americans own smartphones with plenty of opportunity to misuse the technology that also helps us. Many cannot go one day without a cellphone. Smartphones are one way people self-medicate, just like with traditional drugs and alcohol. It can become another addiction as it provides the same boost to the brain seen with drugs or alcohol. Sometimes it’s a replacement for what feels like it’s missing in recovery. People also buy and sell drugs online, through social media or internet channels. It is easier than ever to buy and sell drugs on the open internet.

Restricting Use

Some treatment centers restrict or ban use of smartphones to ensure a healthy start to recovery. Some will ban it the duration of a person’s stay, others might have a specific time period or focus on letting use occur only at certain times for a short period. It can help a person focus more in recovery if smartphones are not part of the equation.

Moving Forward

The best way to ensure a healthy recovery is to set boundaries around smartphone use. If a smartphone provides easy access to contact people or find places to buy drugs or alcohol, it should not be used. Opt instead for a pay-as-you-go phone, or one with top up minutes. Those phones restrict how much use they have and can be restricted from using the internet. Recovery is a journey that is very individual and takes a lot of steps to ensure it lasts. Relapse is a very real danger of being in recovery, particularly early on. Smartphone addiction is another concern, so to keep it from being a problem, it can help to:

  • Have an accountability partner
  • Limit time used with apps or pay-as-you-go options
  • Restrict phone to making calls only

Recovery can be a time to experiment with lots of new hobbies and interests. The internet has lots of interesting places to explore, but don’t let that derail recovery. It is important to focus on recovery and healing as much as possible. Know your limits and whether you need to seek help for any issues surrounding smartphone use.

Smartphone use can easily lead to addiction. Recovery is challenging, and often lonely. If you find yourself transferring addiction to your smartphone or struggling with internet use in recovery, call us. We will help you find what you need. Our programs and resources are designed to help you identify where your struggles are and get you on the road to recovery. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964