November 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
“Technology and 12-Step Recovery: What You Should Know”
Twelve step groups and recovery maintenance approaches have existed and flourished decades before the first website or phone app was invented. But as technology permeates every aspect of our lives, many recovering addicts and alcoholics find themselves considering whether and in what way should technology be integrated into their recovery programs. I will overview my work, which examines the debates around this issue to answer two questions: (1) What are the potential costs and benefits of technology use in recovery? and (2) Who uses recovery technologies and in what contexts? I will conclude with a discussion of possible guidelines to consider when advising your patients in using recovery technologies.
Svetlana “Lana” Yarosh is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science & Engineering Department at University of Minnesota. Her research in HCI focuses on embodied interaction in social computing systems. Lana is currently most proud of getting both the NSF CRII and the NSF CAREER awards, of her best papers at CHI 2013 and CSWC 2014, and of receiving the McKnight Land Grant Professorship. Lana has two Bachelors of Science from University of Maryland (in Computer Science and Psychology), a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and two years of industry research experience with AT&T Labs Research.