What Role Will New Technologies Play in Addiction Science?
By Cary Hopkins Eyles, MA, CAP; Deputy Director, ICUDDR
Recently one of our leaders in Southeast Asia asked me if I was on Clubhouse. I had no
idea what that was. After some research I found that it is an iPhone app where chats in
different rooms take place in real time and at all hours. It is a voice-only platform that
has been described as having intimate conference calls with potentially thousands of
people from all around the world.
Clubhouse has been around less than a year and while they haven’t disclosed how
many people use the app, it has been downloaded more than 8 million times worldwide.
Users compare it to attending a virtual conference.
What is the future of technology and how does it relate to our work in substance use
disorders? We know there are some excellent apps available for people in recovery
(https://www.rehabs.com/smartphone-apps-for-recovery/) and that many people are
utilizing telemedicine for substance use disorders during the pandemic
(https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33276843/) but what impact can technology have on
addiction science education, research, networking, University-community outreach, and
advocacy? We will address this at our conference July 20-21, 2021; see more
information on our 2021 Conference page.
Dr. Prapapun Chucharoen of the Asian-Pacific region of ICUDDR is starting a room in
Clubhouse to discuss the mission of the organization. If you are on Clubhouse or have
access, you are welcome to find her and join the conversation.
Technology changes so quickly as evidenced by the relatively young age of this app
and its impact already. It is difficult to predict where technology will take us and how it
will touch our field but ICUDDR will try to keep abreast of changes and educate our
members on what we learn.