Google Launches ‘Recover Together.’ Can It Help Curb Addiction?

As part of National Recovery Month, Google announced last week that it will launch a new website called Recover Together. The site will house two new tools that, through Google Maps, will promote recovery from substance use disorder. 

One tool, the Recovery Locator, includes information for more than 83,000 recovery meetings — such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) — in 33,000 locations.  

At this point, it is difficult to say whether this tool will be much more effective than the already-existent AA and NA websites for specific service areas. Most of these sites feature customizable search options to narrow down meetings based on day, time, location, and even meeting types—literature, meditation, speaker, etc.  

Know Where to Find Naloxone

The more valuable feature could be the page’s other tool, the Naloxone Locator. This tool allows searchers to find which participating CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens pharmacies carry doses of Naloxone, better known as Narcan, the drug used to counteract opiate overdoses. Searching “Hagerstown” in the Naloxone Locator show nine different pharmacies that carry the drug.

The Recover Together web page has other features such as video stories of eight individuals in recovery — including a Google employee, an addictions resource specialist, and a recent high school graduate — and words and phrases to avoid using when talking about substance use disorders, providing more acceptable replacement terms.  

There is Help

These days, substance use disorder is at epidemic levels, with more than 130 people dying each day in the United States from opioid overdoses, and nearly twice as many deaths per day from alcohol-related causes. It is encouraging to see companies with large presences, such as Google, putting in work to help reverse the damage caused by substance use disorder, by educating the public and therefore destigmatizing the disease 

If you are struggling with substance use disorder or alcohol use disorder, there is help. At Awakenings Recovery Center, our residential treatment program offers intensive therapeutic modalities that aim to treat the root cause of your addiction.    

The easiest way to recover from substance use disorder is to seek help. Call an admissions specialist today at 833-216-3079 to learn about our levels of care and determine which one is right for you.  

Awakenings is a facility of Amatus Recovery Centers, a division of Amatus Health, that offers treatment for drug and alcohol addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders in facilities across the country. To learn more visit amatusrecoverycenters.com  

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