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Harnessing Technology for Gambling Recovery

May 16, 2024 Kevin Anyango

Technology does not have to be an enemy for recovering gambling addicts. The right digital tools for gambling recovery can help you achieve and maintain abstinence and even improve emotional wellbeing. Let's take a look at how technology can aid in gambling recovery.

Technology for Gambling Recovery

In the context of gambling addiction, technology is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it has brought about numerous advancements that have enhanced the gambling experience and made it more accessible and convenient, which can increase the temptation for those struggling with addiction. On the other hand, technology offers innovative solutions and support mechanisms that can significantly help recovering gambling addicts. Here are some types of technology that can aid in gambling recovery.

  • Self-awareness apps to track triggers -- Using self-awareness apps to track triggers and moods helps me to identify the situations or emotions that send me reaching for the gambling app. With this technology, one can focus on coping mechanisms, like taking a walk or calling one's sponsor, to counter those urges before they spiral.
  • Online recovery groups to share your struggles -- When you're in gambling recovery, technology platforms like Discord and Facebook provide a safe space for connection and encouragement. You can share your gambling recovery journey with others worldwide and learn what you can do better.
  • Financial apps to monitor spending -- Financial apps that monitor spending and block gambling transactions offer a powerful safeguard, removing the ability to gamble on a whim. Setting spending limits and receiving alerts on suspicious activity can help prevent relapse and rebuild trust within ourselves and our loved ones. 
  • App blockers to block gambling apps -- Thanks to technological advancements, we now have blockers that work on certain apps. These apps block access to gambling websites and apps, making them impossible to access in a moment of weakness.
  • Podcasts and recovery blogs to learn more -- Listening to others' journeys and learning different coping strategies can be incredibly empowering, and podcasts provide this information. Podcasts and recovery blogs offer a wealth of information, personal stories, and expert advice to help us recover.

Technology in gambling recovery is a double-edged sword, and positively harnessing it is not without its complexities. But its potential to revolutionize the way we approach gambling addiction treatment and recovery is undeniable. By embracing the various digital tools, virtual support communities, and even remote counseling services, recovering gambling addicts can easily access the support they need from any part of the world.

APA Reference
Anyango, K. (2024, May 16). Harnessing Technology for Gambling Recovery, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 19 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2024/5/harnessing-technology-for-gambling-recovery



Author: Kevin Anyango

Kevin Anyango likes to say, "I am still me, no matter my mental health." Find Kevin on Twitter

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