November 14, 2016
The haste with which the epidemic of addiction has been spreading has brought our population to develop many different ways to battle addiction. The more our society and technology continues to develop, the more it allows us to come up with new ways to handle addiction. With the advent of smart wearable technology, a possible new way of battling addiction has come about.
Several different research and tech firms have been developing ways to use smart wearables, such as watches, as a way to battle addiction. Since addiction is not one size fits all when it comes to treatment, and a treatment can work for some but not for others, this may be the solution that could help some people to overcome their addiction.
How Can Smart Wearables Help With Addiction?
There have been several different types of smart wearables that have been being developed to this end. There have been watches and wristbands developed for helping addiction to cigarettes, cocaine and heroin, and even tech interestingly enough. They function in several different ways to help curb addiction.
● Cigarettes – There is a smartwatch app called Stop Smoking for Wear that informs a person how long it has been since their last cigarette, how much money they have saved, and how much they would have smoked. There is also development underway for an oral implant that detects smoking, as well as a smartwatch which delivers nicotine into the bloodstream.
● Tech Addiction – The smart wearable that can assist with tech addiction is actually a multi-purpose device that the creator claims can be used for several different types of addictions and behavior. The device is called Pavlok, and it has a few different options of how it can possibly aid with addiction. As far as tech addiction, if the person is checking Facebook too much for instance, it could flood their profile with posts about them using it too much. It also has the option of using a small electric shock similar to that of static, which can be changed to a vibration or beep setting instead as well. The idea is that these stimuli will become associated with the negative behavior and help to curb it.
● Cocaine and Heroin – There is currently a smart wearable under development that could assist with two of the most addictive drugs. It will function as a biosensor that will give feedback on physiological reactions such as increased heart rate and other signs that could be indicative of drug use. This feedback can be received and monitored by a doctor or counselor so that there is someone who will know if the person uses.
Our society is constantly coming up with ways to help battle addiction. These devices may be enough to knock off small habits or addictions, or could possibly help when drug or alcohol addictions have not progressed too far. While they may be of assistance, it is important to remember that drug and alcohol addiction can be very serious and often times require formal inpatient addiction treatment, and not simply a wearable smart device. So when an individual or their loved is struggling with a serious addiction, it is critical to seek treatment in these types of cases, rather than trying lesser means that often times will not cut it.
If you or a loved one are seeking help with an addiction, let us give you a helping hand. There is what seems like an overwhelming amount of treatment centers across the nation, but we can assist you to sort through them. We are very knowledgeable about different types of treatment, and are familiar with various rehab centers all over the country. Give us a call today and one of our advisors will help find the perfect private inpatient treatment center for you or your loved one.