The NIH recently published a clinical trial suggesting that a smartphone application may be useful in supporting recovery from alcoholism. The basic premise of the study is that while continuing care may be available for patients recovering from alcoholism, the patients’ progress is often not monitored. If it is recorded, it is not easily accessible to the patient. However, when patients can see their progress, they often feel inspired and more likely to continue with the recovery process.
The smartphone application in this study, A-CHESS or Addiction-Comprehensive Health Enforcement System, allows patients to be connected not only to medical doctors and the healthcare team, but to their friends, family, and support system any time of the day and from any location. Thus, this app creates a system of ongoing care that also promotes accountability for the patient while keeping them and their entire support system well-informed and motivated. This makes a huge difference for those in recovery, who can often feel isolated during the healing process.
The objective of the study was to determine if patients using A-CHESS had fewer risky drinking days than patients without the app. In this randomized trial, patients’ drinking levels were assessed at 1, 4, 8, and 12-month increments. Patients utilizing this technology reported fewer drinking days (P = 0.032) than those with standard treatment.
The study concluded that this kind of multi-featured smartphone application may have significant benefit to patients in continuing care for AUDs. These kinds of technological advancements are appearing across the health services industry as providers work to give their patients the best, most efficient, and most personalized care they possibly can. This is just one of the reasons why Hayver specializes in building a future for millions in recovery by connecting them to technology solutions for their journey. For more information on personalized solutions to alcoholism, visit the source article at the NCIB website.
Here at Hayver, we combine the latest in healthcare technology with our rehabilitation services so that you can get your life back as quickly and smoothly as possible. If you would like to learn more about how these services, including a smartphone application, can become a part of your treatment plan, contact Hayver today at info(at)hayver.com.