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Effects of a mHealth intervention for alcohol relapse prevention

Although most experts consider alcoholism to be a chronic disease, characterized like other chronic illnesses by frequent relapses, patients leaving treatment are not typically offered ongoing support to prevent relapse, even though research indicates that continuing care for alcohol and drug use disorders is associated with better outcomes.

Technology offers one possible way of providing continuing care for alcohol use disorders. Technology has the potential to provide personalized care 24/7 much less expensively than traditional care. This abstract describes a randomized clinical trial of a mobile technology system called A-CHESS (Alcohol – Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System). A-CHESS was designed to radically improve addiction treatment and continuing care by offering emotional and instrumental support anywhere, at any time. This study tested the hypothesis that a mobile-phone based system (A-CHESS) can reduce risky drinking days over 12 months in patients leaving residential care for alcohol dependence.

This randomized trial demonstrates that technology such as A-CHESS can help provide continuing care to people struggling with alcohol use disorders and improve outcomes. Smartphones applications could be a practical and cost-effective way to provide continuing care.

via Effects of a mHealth intervention for alcohol relapse prevention.

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One comment on “Effects of a mHealth intervention for alcohol relapse prevention

  1. cbraper45
    January 14, 2013

    There is a lot to be said for going to meetings and working a strong sponsor led recovery. This has worked for me – may not work for others, but it is certainly working for me. Thanks for the information in this post!

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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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