Recovering Alcoholics Get Help from Smartphone App

the MPR take:

A study in JAMA Psychiatry has found that a smartphone-based application could benefit patients in continuing care for alcohol use disorders. A total of 349 patients who met the criteria for DSM-IV alcohol dependence upon entering residential treatment were randomized to receive treatment plus a smartphone with the Addiction–Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (A-CHESS) app or treatment as usual. Patients in the app group reported significantly fewer risky drinking days compared to patients in the control group, with a mean of 1.39 vs 2.75 days (mean difference, 1.37; 95% CI, 0.46–2.27; P= 003). The immediacy of smartphone-based apps could make them extremely helpful in preventing alcohol and drug relapses. 

Recovering Alcoholics Get Help from Smartphone App
Recovering Alcoholics Get Help from Smartphone App
A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon. The new research was published March 26 in JAMA Psychiatry, and involved a group of 349 people leaving three residential treatment ...

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