Working with clients
I do not have by any means any empirical data to support my views but I do have extensive notes of many sessions with clients struggling with mental illness, addiction or in recovery and there is a common factor with all of them. The relationship with their digital life and how it is interwoven within their dependencies. In most cases accentuating their issues, prolonging initial recovery and impacting their life in recovery.
I would work with clients to develop strategies, methods or techniques to analyze and manage their "digital footprint". Primarily their digital usage and access to "social network services" (SNS) on a day to day functional level.
Research shows Smartphones have become the UK's most popular internet-connected device (78% of UK adults use one) Ofcom
With such huge strains on resources like the NHS and access to rehabilitation facilities and critical help such as "talking therapies" organisations are resorting to cheaper more a convenient channel they know everyone has access to provide help and support. That in its self is admirable and great given the barriers a majority of people face to get help and support, which is better than no help at all. But is it a case of expediency over actually addressing the underlying issues and causes?
We know in terms of recovery between 40 to 60 percent of people who've been treated for addiction or alcoholism relapse within a year, according to a 2014 study in JAMA. In established rehab facilities claims a 30% success rate, but they only count people who complete a course. It is estimated that the other 70-80 percent have dropped out after 3-6 months.
So, why do so many people in recovery relapse?