How cell phone use may create a barrier to effective addiction recovery 

How cell phone use may create a barrier to effective addiction recovery 

We understand it can be difficult for people to part with their cell phones when beginning inpatient addiction treatment. However, our ban on cell phones at Riverwalk Ranch is not without good reasons. Many addiction treatment centers like ours prohibit cell phone use because of how detrimental it can be to successful recovery. 

Distraction from Treatment

Addiction treatment hinges on residents being highly engaged and focused on their recovery. Cell phones can distract from important components of treatment such as therapy sessions, group activities, and personal meditative time. Staying engaged in social media and texts can also be detrimental because it prevents you from letting go of your old life and potential triggers associated with it. Without your cell phone, you can fully immerse yourself in the recovery process.

Jeopardize Privacy and Confidentiality

Most people come to Riverwalk Ranch looking for privacy and anonymity. Cell phone use compromises this because it can impede our ability to enforce privacy and confidentiality among residents. If everyone has a cell phone, they could share photos or personal information about other residents, making everyone feel uneasy. Without cell phones, everyone can feel more comfortable sharing and being vulnerable around each other. 

Cause Triggers and Cravings

Inpatient addiction treatment works because it removes individuals from environments and people that may trigger their drug use. By staying connected through social media and texts, these stressors or situations may create temptations or triggers. Social media and messaging apps can expose you to people, places, and situations that may tempt you to use drugs or alcohol. To avoid undermining any progress, it’s best to disconnect for the duration of treatment. 

Promote Social Isolation

It may seem counterintuitive, but using your cell phone during addiction treatment can make you feel removed from the peers and treatment professionals around you, leading to feelings of loneliness and isolation. If you’re spending too much time on your phone, you will be less motivated to make meaningful connections with the sober allies around you who can support your recovery in the long-term. This sense of community is one of the key aspects of successful ongoing recovery. 

Hinder Personal Growth

In addiction treatment, even time spent outside of structured treatment is essential for recovery and helps you develop long-term habits that promote well-being. If you spend your free time on your phone, you will do less journaling, meditation, yoga, and other activities that can help you introspect and grow. These moments of personal reflection help you process therapy sessions, regulate emotions, identify triggers, and work on your coping strategies.

Our Commitment to You

At Riverwalk Ranch, we strive to provide a comfortable and supportive environment where our residents can feel at ease. Our cell phone use policy supports this vision and our commitment to your recovery. Our addiction professionals aim to provide empirically-supported treatment that is individually tailored to your needs and goals for treatment. Call us today at (877) 863-3869 to find out how we can help you or your loved ones overcome the burden of addiction and drug abuse.

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