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Lawrence T Lam, Mary K Lam
Excessive use of the Internet is considered a problematic behaviour by clinicians and researchers. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) has been advocated for a long time as a treatment approach and has been extended to include family therapy in the recent years. As eTherapy (eHealth) has become an important component in the treatment of many mental health problems, it is prudent to explore the current status of the eHealth approach as an intervention option for this problem. This systematic review aims to examine the current development of online intervention programmes for this particular condition...
December 2016: Current Psychiatry Reports
Xavier Benarous, Yves Edel, Angèle Consoli, Julie Brunelle, Jean-François Etter, David Cohen, Yasser Khazaal
CONTEXT: Substance use disorders (SUDs) are highly prevalent among inpatient adolescents with psychiatric disorders. In this population, substance use and other psychiatric outcomes can reinforce one another. Despite the need for integrated interventions in youths with dual diagnoses, few specific instruments are available. App-based technologies have shown promising results to help reduce substance use in adolescents, but their applicability in youths with associated severe psychiatric disorders is poorly documented...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Marie-Louise Mares, David H Gustafson, Joseph E Glass, Andrew Quanbeck, Helene McDowell, Fiona McTavish, Amy K Atwood, Lisa A Marsch, Chantelle Thomas, Dhavan Shah, Randall Brown, Andrew Isham, Mary Jane Nealon, Victoria Ward
BACKGROUND: Millions of Americans need but don't receive treatment for substance use, and evidence suggests that addiction-focused interventions on smart phones could support their recovery. There is little research on implementation of addiction-related interventions in primary care, particularly in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) that provide primary care to underserved populations. We used mixed methods to examine three FQHCs' implementation of Seva, a smart-phone app that offers patients online support/discussion, health-tracking, and tools for coping with cravings, and offers clinicians information about patients' health tracking and relapses...
September 29, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Hannah Capon, Wayne Hall, Craig Fry, Adrian Carter
BACKGROUND: Smartphone technologies and mHealth applications (or apps) promise unprecedented scope for data collection, treatment intervention, and relapse prevention when used in the field of substance abuse and addiction. This potential also raises new ethical challenges that researchers, clinicians, and software developers must address. AIMS: This paper aims to identify ethical issues in the current uses of smartphones in addiction research and treatment. METHODS: A search of three databases (PubMed, Web of Science and PsycInfo) identified 33 studies involving smartphones or mHealth applications for use in the research and treatment of substance abuse and addiction...
October 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
Aboozar Eghdam, Aniko Bartfai, Christian Oldenburg, Sabine Koch
INTRODUCTION: Mild acquired cognitive impairment is a term used to describe a sub-group of persons with mild cognitive impairment who are expected to reach a stable cognitive level over time. One tactic that can be considered for further developing treatment for this group is the use of information and communication technology and e-services. The purpose of this study was to investigate the current use of regular e-services and social media by this group as well as their user experiences...
2016: PloS One
Smita Das, Makenzie Tonelli, Douglas Ziedonis
Tobacco use disorders (TUDs) continue to be overly represented in patients treated in mental health and addiction treatment settings. It is the most common substance use disorder (SUD) and the leading cause of health disparities and increased morbidity/mortality amongst individuals with a psychiatric disorder. There are seven Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications and excellent evidence-based psychosocial treatment interventions to use in TUD treatment. In the past few years, access to and use of other tobacco or nicotine emerging products are on the rise, including the highly publicized electronic cigarette (e-cigarette)...
May 2016: Current Psychiatry Reports
Kimberly Johnson, Stephanie Richards, Ming-Yuan Chih, Tae Joon Moon, Hilary Curtis, David H Gustafson
The U.S. criminal justice system refers more people to substance abuse treatment than any other system. Low treatment completion rates and high relapse rates among addicted offenders highlight the need for better substance use disorder treatment and recovery tools. Mobile health applications (apps) may fill that need by providing continuous support. In this pilot test, 30 participants in a Massachusetts drug court program used A-CHESS, a mobile app for recovery support and relapse prevention, over a four-month period...
2016: Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment
James H Ford, Esra Alagoz, Susan Dinauer, Kimberly A Johnson, Klaren Pe-Romashko, David H Gustafson
BACKGROUND: Mobile health (mHealth) services are growing in importance in health care research with the advancement of wireless networks, tablets, and mobile phone technologies. These technologies offer a wide range of applications that cover the spectrum of health care delivery. Although preliminary experiments in mHealth demonstrate promising results, more robust real-world evidence is needed for widespread adoption and sustainment of these technologies. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to identify the problems/challenges associated with sustained use of an mHealth addiction recovery support app and to determine strategies used by agencies that successfully sustained client use of A-CHESS...
2015: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Danielle E Ramo, Lucy Popova, Rachel Grana, Shirley Zhao, Kathryn Chavez
BACKGROUND: Mobile technology is pervasive and widely used to obtain information about drugs such as cannabis, especially in a climate of rapidly changing cannabis policy; yet the content of available cannabis apps is largely unknown. Understanding the resources available to those searching for cannabis apps will clarify how this technology is being used to reflect and influence cannabis use behavior. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the content of 59 cannabis-related mobile apps for Apple and Android devices as of November 26, 2014...
2015: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Todd Molfenter, Mike Boyle, Don Holloway, Janet Zwick
INTRODUCTION: Telemedicine use in addiction treatment and recovery services is limited. Yet, because it removes barriers of time and distance, telemedicine offers great potential for enhancing treatment and recovery for people with substance use disorders (SUDs). Telemedicine also offers clinicians ways to increase contact with SUD patients during and after treatment. CASE DESCRIPTION: A project conducted from February 2013 to June 2014 investigated the adoption of telemedicine services among purchasers of addiction treatment in five states and one county...
2015: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
Robert A Pretlow, Carol M Stock, Stephen Allison, Leigh Roeger
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to test a weight loss program for young people based on an addiction treatment approach. METHODS: A pilot study (n=43) was conducted of a 20-week child/adolescent obesity intervention based on an addiction treatment model (staged, incremental withdrawal from problem foods, snacking/grazing, and excessive amounts at meals) and implemented by a server-integrated smartphone app with health professional support. The primary outcome was standardized %overBMI measured at four time points...
June 2015: Childhood Obesity
Michael Savic, David Best, Simone Rodda, Dan I Lubman
Addiction recovery Smartphone applications (apps) (n = 87) identified on the Google Play store in 2012 were coded, along with app user reviews, to explore functions, foci, and user experiences. Content analysis revealed that apps typically provided information on recovery, as well as content to enhance motivation, promote social support and tools to monitor progress. App users commented that the apps helped to inform them, keep them focussed, inspire them, and connect them with other people and groups. Because few addiction recovery apps appear to have been formally evaluated, further research is needed to ascertain their effectiveness as stand-alone or adjunctive interventions...
2013: Journal of Addictive Diseases
Fei Yu, Jörg Albers, Tian Gao, Minghao Wang, Arne Bilberg, Elsebeth Stenager
High relapse rate is one of the most prominent problems in addiction treatment. Alcohol Resilience Treatment (ART), an alcohol addiction therapy, is based on Cue Exposure Treatment, which has shown promising results in preliminary studies. ART aims at optimizing the core area of relapse prevention, and intends to improve patients' capability to withstand craving of alcohol. This method emphasizes the interplay of resilience and resourcefulness. It contains 6 sessions with different topics according to the stage of treatment circuit, and each session consists of 6 steps...
2012: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
T A Korolenko, O N Poteryaeva, X V Li, T V Uchkina
Acute phase proteins (APP), including C-reactive protein (CRP), alpha-1-proteinase inhibitor (PI) activity and albumin level were studied in serum of 183 teenagers and children with drug addictive disorders (DAD) (mainly home-made opiate dependence and glue-sniffing), hospitalised at Municipal Drug Addictive Centre, Novosibirsk (1996-1999). Serum CRP concentration increased several times during early withdrawal period in the teenager group with opiate dependence. In most cases of DAD decreased level of albumin (negative APP reactant) as well as decreased activity of PI was revealed...
April 2001: International Journal of Circumpolar Health
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