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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Addiction Recovery on Google Maps

In the Internet Age, technology can be both a blessing and a burden for members of the recovery community. While it's handy to be able to connect with others in sobriety via social media, smartphones and apps can be a severe distraction. Moderating the use of Internet technologies is critical for everyone, but especially for people in recovery.

As the realities of the American addiction and mental health crisis set in, online companies are trying to be part of the solution. Social media companies like Facebook and Instagram are working with algorithms to help identify and flag users in crisis. They are experimenting with offering tools to better assist people with mental illness. What's more, millions of people in recovery connect via social media 365 days a year. Used appropriately, online communities can be extremely beneficial.

Mountain View, California is home to Google, a technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products that are familiar to every American. Google products and services, from apps to smartphones, are ubiquitous. Millions of Americans cannot remember life before Google.

Most Americans conduct a myriad of Google searches each day; millions of people utilize Google Maps to get to their destinations. If you want to find something, then there is an excellent chance you can find it using a Google product.

It's fair to say that most addicts and alcoholics seeking addiction treatment turn to the Internet first. The thousands of alcohol and substance use disorder rehabs in the U.S. share their mission to help people recover online. CNET reports that Google announced that the number of people conducting searches for addiction treatment is at an all-time high.

Companies like Google are in a unique position to help combat addiction and be a valuable resource to men and women in recovery. In recognition of National Recovery Month, Google created and debuted some new features on its maps application. These tools will assist people in recovery and those who have yet to reach out for help.

Dropping A Pin On Recovery

With more than 130 Americans dying from opioid overdoses each day, everyone being able to access the life-saving drug naloxone is crucial. Sold under the name Narcan, the medication can reverse the deadly symptoms of overdose.

Opioid users, their friends and family, and average citizens can soon search Google Maps for "Naloxone near me" or "Narcan near me" into the search bar, CNET reports. Since many states and municipalities have removed the need for a prescription, the overdose reversal drug can be acquired more easily. Still, not every pharmacy has the medication in stock, so the new maps feature is beneficial.

Another upcoming added feature of significant importance is the recovery meeting finder. The company announced that Google Maps users would be able to find more than 83,000 recovery meetings at more than 33,000 locations across the country. Ostensibly, you will be able to search for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings near you.

“The #RecoveryMovement celebrates the 23 million Americans recovering from addiction and paves the way for the 20 million still struggling to seek treatment. Our voices matter — especially in September for National Recovery Month.” 

The new tools will likely prove especially beneficial for people in recovery who are traveling. Finding meetings with greater ease will be helpful. It's also worth noting that Google Maps began listing locations where people can discard unused or unwanted medications.

Discarding of unused narcotics, sedatives, and stimulants helps deter diversion and drug initiation. Being able to find naloxone with greater ease helps prevent fatal overdoses. Each of these new features is vital concerning the addiction epidemic in America.

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