Today we are constantly “plugged in”. Most of us have mini computers in our pockets or purses known as our cellphones – and when we aren’t on our cellphones we are what are recently known as “trolling” the Internet. We have tablets, smart phones, laptops, and desktops; and while the progression of technology is truly astounding it may not be having a positive effect on our minds; especially if we are trying to stay sober.
It seems like more studies are being conducted on the effects the Internet and “connectivity” have on our health. Most of us have forgotten the times when we didn’t have a smart phone, tablet, or laptop with us to check our email, Facebook, or Instagram and this isn’t necessarily a good thing. In fact it may just be another addiction. When we enter into recovery we are trying to stay clean and no longer engage in addictive behaviors. Unfortunately, for some this includes checking Facebook, email, etc., in order for the mind to fully heal and be healthy total disconnection is necessary. That is why many rehab facilities including luxury treatment centers will recommend, if not make mandatory, that no electronics be used for the duration of a client’s time in treatment.
It has recently been shown that receiving and answering a notification actually results in dopamine being released in the brain. So not only is disconnection necessary for a healthy mind but it is very important to beginning sobriety. Dopamine is the chemical neurotransmitter that is associated with motivation and reward in the human brain. Dopamine is also released in the brain when someone has sex and uses drugs. This release of dopamine can create an actual “internet addiction.” In order for someone with addiction to heal from it, they must put down everything that could distract them or keep their brain from healing entirely and this means electronics too. Disconnecting is absolutely necessary to a healthy mind and by gaining a healthy mind a person can gain a health spirit and body too.
Many people today come into rehab and the last thing they want to do is disconnect for a little while. Their phone is their contact with the outside world and it also a guaranteed way to feel good. And that’s the whole point of why someone goes to rehab; to stop using outside things, substance, people, and places to make them feel good. Feeling good has to come from the inside naturally and radiate outwards. Disconnecting from the phones, computers, and tablets allows that to happen by giving each person a chance to find their own inner feel good without needing to check their Facebook every five minutes.
Have you ever noticed what you do when you’re bored?
Do you check your Facebook?
Maybe hop on Instagram?
That may be the first sign that you need to disconnect. Disconnecting is key to a healthy mind and a healthy sobriety.
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