Artificial Intelligence Helping Achieve Sobriety

Artificial Intelligence Helping Achieve Sobriety

Artificial intelligence has the potential to figure things out faster than the human brain can. Using information that people post about themselves online, artificial intelligence can detect when someone can potentially relapse which in turn can give recovering addicts the right tools to get help.

Sober Grid is an app that debuted in 2015 that has grown to 120,000 users. Half of the members are in early stage recovery looking for support and the other half are in long-term support who help others. The goal of the app is to avoid any recovering addicts from relapsing with the data showing when members have communicated with each other, how often, and who has communicated with each other before. This will help the creators of the app know exactly when a relapse has happened as members tend to count the days they have been sober after using.

The University of Pennsylvania has been doing research with the app to predict when members will relapse before it happens by analyzing the words that people use when talking about themselves and how they feel. Statistical models can predict your sobriety or your relapse based on the frequency of certain words as well as the timing of the posts. Once the impending relapse is detected, the app can direct recovering addicts to trained coaches 24/7 to avoid waiting for the weekend or holidays to end for available services. Treatment will be based on personality and the challenges that each member is struggling with. By trying to lower the relapse rates, this can save those struggling with addiction a lot of money. The Telehealth peer coaching function will appear in six months and the relapse-prediction option and intervention will be available in a year.

There is also an app called Addicaid which came out in 2013 to predict the risk of falling to addictive behaviors and offers personalized treatment. If you are at a trigger location like a bar or a club, you will get hotline information and coping tools to prevent relapse. Creators of the app will get reports of the personality of members and situations that are more likely to relapse like being around certain friends or being alone. You can set specific goals, seek social support through the online community, and get access to a nationwide meeting directory. Artificial intelligence has the power to make a great impact in addiction recovery.

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