Current trends in using internet and mobile technology to support the treatment of substance use disorders

Michael A. Cucciare, Kenneth R. Weingardt, Carolyn J. Greene, Julia Hoffman

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Abstract

Issues: By allowing for the efficient delivery of instructional content and the secure collection of self-report data regarding substance use and related problems, the Internet has tremendous potential to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery-oriented services. Approach: This article discusses some of the ways in which Internet and mobile technology can facilitate, complement and support the process of traditional clinician-delivered treatment for individuals with SUDs. Key Findings: Internet applications are being used to support a range of activities including (a) the assessment and feedback process that constitutes a key feature of brief motivational interventions; and (b) the concurrent monitoring of patients who are receiving treatment for SUDs, to support continuing care, and the ongoing recovery of SUD patients who have completed face-to-face treatment. Internet technology is also being used to (c) support efficient delivery of clinical training in evidence-based practices for treating individuals who may have SUDs. Implications: This emerging body of literature suggests that SUD treatment providers and program administrators can enhance the quality of clinician-delivered treatment by incorporating internet applications into existing processes of care and recovery oriented services. Conclusion: Internet applications provide an unparalleled opportunity to engage patients in the treatment process, incorporate real-time data into treatment planning, prevent relapse, and promote evidence-based treatment approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-177
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Drug Abuse Reviews
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 20 2012

Keywords

  • Brief alcohol intervention
  • Brief motivational interventions
  • Evidence-based mental health practices
  • Internet technology
  • Mental health recovery
  • Mobile technology
  • Substance use disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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