ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media 

Using a smartphone app to intervene before relapse into alcohol abuse: preliminary results

The unwelcome truth about substance abuse is that most people who successfully complete inpatient treatment will eventually relapse. Here at the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) our mission is to develop innovative health systems to optimize individuals’ health behaviors, quality of life, and access to services. What we realized is that addiction relapse is often preceded by stressful incidents – but that too often these were addressable only retrospectively.

The emerging ubiquity of mobile technologies presented an unprecedented opportunity to detect and potentially access key recovery moments as they occurred. Thus, we developed a mobile application that allows recovering addicts to track their progress, recall their own motivational story in moments of crisis, communicate almost near instantly with counselors and their support team while taking advantage of ubiquitous smart phone capabilities such as GPS and video chat.

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This entry was posted on June 9, 2012 by in Apps, Drugs & Addiction, Science, Social Media.
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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