iPhone, iPad, iRelapse? Technology and Early Sobriety

by baladmin | December 9, 2014

Technology poses a new threat to individuals in early sobriety

In the age of technology, people primarily communicate through smart phones, computers, and social media. Because of this, it is important to look at the role of technology in addiction and recovery.

Triggers in early sobriety used to be bars, drug deals, and old connect houses. Now, people buy drugs online, date online, and participate in relapse and using behaviors that are right at their fingertips, in the comfort of their own homes. Since everything is so accessible, relapse decisions can be made instantaneously and little room is left to rethink one’s actions.

Process Addictions

Not only does technology make the individual’s drug of choice more accessible, it also can provide easy access to other process addictions, such as:

  • Pornography
  • Gambling addiction
  • Compulsive Buying Disorder
  • Gaming addiction
  • Love addiction

TreatMent Plans IncludE Technology

At Balboa Horizons, we understand the role technology plays in early sobriety. Rather than immediately allowing our clients to have access to technology upon admission or waiting until treatment is over to allow access, we integrate the reintroduction of technology into each individual client’s treatment plan. This way, clients are able to adjust and cope with the triggers that technology presents. Our residential programs for men and women offer phase systems that help clients through this transitional process.

Useful Tips For a healthier Relationship With Technology

  • Deleting unhealthy contacts from your phone
  • Deleting social media accounts and starting new ones
  • Changing your phone number so you are in control of who is able to contact you
  • Setting personal boundaries and limits when it comes to technology
  • Allowing others to hold you accountable to those boundaries


Get help today! Call Balboa Horizons at 1-866-316-4012