Alcohol abuse saw a huge rise during the pandemic, with job loss, social isolation, and stress leading many people to seek comfort in a bottle. Fortunately, it has also seen a huge rise in apps and digital solutions to act as a preventative measure for increased use of alcohol.
Intervention vs Treatment
Intervention is the use of solutions to prevent the risk of alcohol abuse and is not a form of alcohol treatment. Intervention through digital solutions includes alcohol abstention programs, which encourage individuals to give up alcohol for a 30, 60, or 90 day period. Those who make each target timeframe can continue into longer time periods, even up to a year.
The pairing of these apps with online communities appears to be the biggest marker of success with abstention programs. People are encouraged to share their success stories and pitfalls, and feedback is encouraged to be positive and constructive to empower individuals to continue with the program.
Stress Relief Apps
Stress relief apps are also considered to be used as a way to relieve stress without drinking. Meditation and wellness apps like HeadSpace or Calm encourage the user to relax for 5-10 minutes each day, through either listening to talks or guided meditations. The aim is to provide individuals with a way to cope with their daily lives without using alcohol.
Alcohol Abuse Is A Slippery Slope
Alcohol abuse can lead to abuse of others in the home. It can increase other life difficulties or stress and lead individuals to take their emotions out on those around them. If you’re concerned that someone is experiencing domestic abuse as a result of alcohol abuse, check out this infographic for more information on how to spot the key signs
Infographic Design By Behavioral Health Centers Rehab