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Current Drug Abuse Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1874-4737
ISSN (Online): 1874-4745

Current Trends in Using Internet and Mobile Technology to Support the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Author(s): Michael A. Cucciare, Kenneth R. Weingardt, Carolyn J. Greene and Julia Hoffman

Volume 5, Issue 3, 2012

Page: [172 - 177] Pages: 6

DOI: 10.2174/1874473711205030172

Price: $65


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.

Keywords: Internet technology, mobile technology, substance use disorders, evidence-based mental health practices, mental health recovery, brief alcohol intervention, brief motivational interventions, e-Mental Health, e-Therapy, SUD treatment.

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