The Web 2.0 concept has been around for quite a few years now, at least six or seven years at this point. We’ve seen the concepts that define it take over much of the web in the last few years. Technology is getting better—and faster—at linking people together and storing and displaying user-generated content.
The real life changes to websites and technology that came out of the Web 2.0 philosophy have allowed us to be more interactive with others online, as well as share content and ideas better than we ever have been able to in the past. Web 2.0 concepts and technology have helped a wide variety of communities and organizations to accomplish their goals, or simply to do everyday work. One area that is recently turning to Web 2.0 to support its efforts are drug rehab programs.
Believe it or not, but Web 2.0 has come into the drug rehab world, helping not only organizations, but individuals as well. There’s an interesting article written on Technorati that expands upon this, but we thought we’d share a little bit of our own thoughts, too.
The article discusses how “it was easy to feel alone” if you were dealing with addiction or drug problems, even more so in the past, before Web 2.0 tools. You had to physically go to a meeting or go to a rehab center to deal with your problem or avoid temptation. Now, people have the ability to connect with a virtual community that they trust and can count on to get them through rough times. It’s easy for a rehab organization or a group of people to create a spot for themselves on the web and let their users decide how it grows.
Another example is that people are now capable of sharing and communicating their ideas while also having a great deal of information available to them. Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other portal based websites can, according to the aforementioned article, “help you gain a deeper understanding of the issues at hand.” At the very least, those sites can help you get connected to people who have been through the same thing, in addition to traditional rehab and recovery methods.