A number of effective interventions and recovery support services exist for substance use disorder (SUD), but no matter how effective they are, they cannot help if people cannot access them. Barriers to accessing these helpful services include proximity to treatment settings, lack of insurance, and work or childcare obligations.
Technology-based interventions and services show promise, as they can help overcome such obstacles by providing easily accessible and flexible support obtainable anytime through a smartphone or home computer.
Given their potential impact to help people with SUD, there is now even an FDA-approved SUD treatment smartphone app to assist people in recovery. In the RRI Bulletin this month 10 research summaries examined the use of technology in SUD treatment and recovery.
Articles coverd technologies ranging from web-based platforms – including the “Therapeutic Education System” from which the FDA-approved web-based intervention for smartphones was adapted – to text messaging and social network sites.
These novel technology-based services show potential to enhance public health by empowering individuals, clinicians, and policy makers to leverage all that technology has to offer.
Dr. Carly Willeford
1 in 25 adults has a serious mental illness in a given year. That adds up to 10.4 million people, or 4.2% of U.S. adults 18 or older.