How Technology is Changing the World of Mental Health Treatment

The continual innovation and advancements in technology can be a scary thing to come to face. We live in an ever-changing world that is becoming more and more dependent on the pieces of technology we carry. Our phones are used for far more than just making calls, our cars are starting to drive themselves, and we constantly hear about the dangers that this poses to us. While there are several valid dangers to worry about in dealing with more and more technology, there are some things about it that are beneficial to us, especially in the world of mental illness and recovery. 

Mental health support is being made easier with technology, allowing support to be given out on the go and help those in need. A person who needs help can send a text message to a crisis center, an app can monitor a person’s behavior to alert a professional when a change occurs, and a connection to a health care professional can be more easily be made. We are experiencing an exciting time with the creation of these apps and pieces of technology that can better help us. But, as is the case with any new innovations or changes, there is still a certain amount of uncertainty and hesitancy to fully embrace these new tools.

With these new tools at our disposal, people are now able to have an easier time seeking help. They can receive treatment from the comfort of their home, in the middle of the night, or on-the-go. This also increases the amount of support that can be given to people, such as those who are in a more remote area and not able to easily get to a facility for treatment. It can help those who struggle with meeting in-person to reach out to a professional for help and also provide them a consistent level and kind of treatment. Once they have taken that first step in reaching out, the apps and services can then extend their help in-person and help lessen the fear that comes with that kind of treatment. For anyone who is afraid of speaking with someone face-to-face, having the app to establish a connection can help reduce that. The costs of these apps can be incredibly low, if not completely nothing. Traditional care can cost more than people can afford; having these apps can give them access to treatment at a much more affordable state. Lastly, these apps give personal support at all times of the day. This support can be available for a person for all 24 hours of each and every day, which can be a huge help for those who struggle the most at night when most places are closed or unavailable. 

But, of course, there are some things that are being questioned and examined as we move more into this technological way of treatment. There are no set guidelines for the regulation of these apps, so many are wondering who should be in charge of the regulation, as well as helping guide users to the proper and effective apps. The issue of privacy that exists for all forms of technology is also present in this field, as these kinds of issues deal with a lot of private, sensitive information, and people need to be assured that their privacy will be respected and upheld. There is concern about apps not being able to deliver on the promises they make, which is dangerous for a person who is seeking help with their issues. The biggest question that people have about these apps, though, is whether or not they are effective. There is a lack of scientific data and evidence to show that these forms of treatment can work as effectively as more traditional forms of treatment. 

There is a lot of promise to this new advent of mental health treatment forms, but we still have a ways to go before we reach a place where technology is fully integrated into the way we receive care. It’s exciting that we are so close to having treatment literally in the palms of our hands, and we can look forward to having exceptionally accessible help. While there are concerns that are worthy of being looked into and made right, it is good to know that as technology progresses, mental health is not being left behind. A lot of us think of the superficial things that these advancements bring, but can easily overlook the important benefits that come with them. Technology is not only making our lives easier but also our ability to recover. Whether or not there can ever be a true substitute for in-person treatment remains to be seen, but it looks like these kinds of innovations can do a lot to make our treatment easier. 

     If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 or [email protected]