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The Wisdom of AI and ChatGPT: they tell us…. what we told them.




The Wisdom of AI and ChatGPT, in the field of Addictions and Recovery, - they tell us…. what we told them


by

L.T. Force, Ph.D.

Gerontologist


Recently, we have heard the discussion about the predicted impact of AI and ChatGPT on a variety of areas in our lives - including healthcare. With an interest in the arena of addiction and recovery I asked AI and ChatGPT: “Best way to deal with an addiction?”

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AI and Chat GPT response (in 8-seconds):


Dealing with addiction effectively requires a comprehensive approach that addresses physical, psychological, and social aspects of the problem. Here is a detailed description of the best way to deal with addiction:


1. Recognize the problem: Acknowledge that you have an addiction and understand its impact on your life. Admitting the issue is crucial for initiating the recovery process.


2. Seek professional help: Consult with healthcare professionals, addiction specialists, therapists, or counselors experienced in addiction treatment. They can provide an accurate diagnosis, develop an individualized treatment plan, and offer ongoing support.


3. Detoxification and medical supervision: For substances that cause physical dependence, a medically supervised detoxification process may be necessary to manage withdrawal symptoms. This process helps safely remove the substance from your body.


4. Therapy and counseling: Engage in therapy or counseling to address the underlying causes and triggers of addiction. Different approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, or group therapy can help you develop coping skills, identify negative thought patterns, and establish healthier behaviors.


5. Support systems: Build a support network of understanding and supportive individuals who can assist you throughout your recovery. This may include family members, friends, support groups, or 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).


6. Lifestyle changes: Modify your lifestyle to create an environment that supports your recovery. This may involve avoiding people, places, or situations that can trigger cravings, removing substances from your surroundings, and adopting healthy habits like regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and adequate sleep.


7. Relapse prevention strategies: Learn and practice relapse prevention techniques to minimize the risk of returning to addictive behaviors. This may involve identifying high-risk situations, developing coping mechanisms, and creating a relapse prevention plan with specific strategies to handle cravings or triggers.


8. Address co-occurring disorders: Many individuals with addiction also experience co-occurring mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, or trauma. It is essential to address these issues simultaneously through appropriate treatment and therapy.


9. Long-term recovery support: Recovery is an ongoing process, and maintaining long-term sobriety requires ongoing support. Participate in aftercare programs, follow-up therapy sessions, and engage in activities that reinforce your commitment to sobriety.


Remember, everyone's journey to recovery is unique, and individual circumstances may require additional or different approaches. Professional guidance and a personalized treatment plan are crucial for a successful recovery from addiction.


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Those AI and ChatGPT platforms are pretty smart….and yes, very quick! However, when you start to review the advice / recommendations that AI and ChatGPT produced: “you realize they have presented us with a reflection of all the data that we have developed and inputted”. In fact, AI and ChatGPT reflects our wisdom, practice and experience in many areas.... including the area of addiction and recovery.


Regarding the Wisdom of AI and ChatGPT: “they tell us…. what we told them”. The only difference is…. those data-driven platforms will never have the capacity of providing a: “heart-felt response of encouragement and praise for a job well done!”. There are limits to the value-add of AI, ChatGPT and Robotics ....there is no empathy. Sad? No! Just true!…




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