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.
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