Google Launches New Addiction Treatment Locator Tools
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 website and locator tools are a positive example of how technology can help save lives.
Recover Together provides information on the following recovery resources:
- Recovery Locator
Recovery Locator provides a map of more than 83,000 support meetings, including AA, NA, Al-Anon, Smart Recovery, family support organizations, and school-based programs in all 50 states.
Users put in their address or a nearby landmark and see what meetings or recovery programs are close to them.
- Naloxone Locater for Narcan
Naloxone Locator 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.
- Recovery Curious
The site will also direct people who are “recovery curious” to state-specific helplines and hotlines, as well as the link to a self-assessment screener put out by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Public awareness campaigns and recovery tools 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.”
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 unaware of programs aimed at getting those in need the support they require to recover.
When a company like Google, with its 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.”
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 challenging to find the best facility to 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. In addition, all facilities throughout the recovery industry are excellent examples of what to look for when researching.
Thankfully, Google’s Recover Together might help those 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 recover from drug or alcohol addiction successfully.