In a September 2019 blog post, Google reported seeing an all-time high number of searches for the phrases “rehab near me,” “addiction treatment near me” and “how to help an addict.”
Reaffirming a commitment to help fight the opioid crisis and the disease of addiction, the company announced the launch of its new site Recover Together.
“The #RecoveryMovement celebrates the 23 million Americans recovering from addiction and paves the way for the 20 million still struggling to seek treatment,” is written atop the new site’s homepage.
More than 130 people die each day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and an estimated 21 million plus are dealing with substance abuse and addiction.
Google’s Recover Together – Recovery Locator
Google’s website and locator tools are a positive example of how technology can help save lives.
Recover Together provides information on the following recovery resources:
1. Recovery Locator
Recovery Locator provides a map of more than 83,000 support meetings, including AA, NA, Al-Anon and Smart Recovery, as well as family support organizations and school-based programs in all 50 states.
Users simply put in their address or a nearby landmark and can see what meetings or recovery programs are close to them.
2. Naloxone Locater for Narcan
Naloxone Locater provides the locations of 20,000 pharmacies that sell the life saving opioid overdose-reversal drug, Narcan, over the counter, without a prescription in all 50 states, along with information about the medication.
Searching the phrases “Narcan near me” or “Naloxone near me” will locate the nearest pharmacy locations. Google says it is continuing to update the tool with local clinics and independent pharmacies.
3. Recovery Curious
The site will also direct people who are “recovery curious” to state-specific helplines and hotlines, as well as link to a self-assessment screener put out by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Awareness About the Treatable Disease of Addiction
Public awareness campaigns and recovery tools, like the ones Google now offers, are doing a lot to reduce the stigma associated with substance misuse and addiction.
Too many people still don’t realize that addiction, as an article from Harvard Medical School puts it, is “a chronic disease of both brain structure and function,” making it nearly impossible in some cases for a person to change their behavior without proper help.
Only about 10 percent of the millions and millions of people struggling with addiction receive any treatment.
They might not know addiction is a treatable disease, believe they are beyond help, or are unaware of programs aimed at getting those in need the help they require to recover.
When a company like Google, with it’s vast reach, endorses the fact that addiction is a treatable disease and provides recovery resources, not only is the general public bound to notice, but other organizations and companies are likely to follow suit.
The more available information about treatment programs, therapies, and medications that will help those suffering from addiction, the better off everyone will be.
“To anyone at the beginning stage of recovery,” writes Shawna, a Google Program Manager and blog contributor that is in recovery herself, “this process is hard and tiring and challenging and you do not need to figure this all out alone.”
Finding the Best Addiction Treatment Options
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), there are nearly 15,000 addiction treatment centers in the United States alone.
Even with so many available resources for people to find help for addiction, it can still be difficult to find the best facility that will fit each person’s individual needs for recovery.
Simply accepting the truth and owning up to the need for help is half the battle. From there, the internet can be a helpful resource, but with so many options and types of treatment programs, it still isn’t an easy task.
Our list of the best rehab treatment centers is one place to start. All of the facilities on the list are highly recommended throughout the recovery industry and they are excellent examples of what to look for when doing research.
Thankfully, Google’s Recover Together might help those who are curious about recovery to reach out and call a helpline or perform a self-assessment.
The Recovery Locator is ideal for those looking for support meetings near them, and the Naloxone Locater might save someone’s life until they can get the treatment they need to overcome the grips of addiction.
We applaud Google for being proactive about finding ways to support and encourage those who want to successfully recover from drug or alcohol addiction.