In today’s world, there is an app that can help you do just about anything from helping you lose weight and stay healthy to mapping out a global exploration to locating your favorite friend. But did you know that there is an app to help you stay sober? Yep! There’s an app for that too! It’s called A-CHESS.
Introducing A-CHESS – the Sober App
The University of Wisconsin Madison named A-CHESS after their Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies. A-CHESS offers personalized support and encouragement via phone calls, texts, alerts; as well as a selection of other options that help alcoholics and drug users avoid relapsing.
How It Works
Introduced in an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry, the app features a panic button that will send a message to peers closest to the individual in times of crisis and an alarm when an individual gets too close to bars. Simply put… A-CHESS allows the user to add their favorite local drinking establishments and anything that might be a trigger for the person. Then, the alarm will sound if the person is near the location. There are periodic follow-up questions inquiring about the progress of the individual. Then, the app screens answers to see if users seem to be in danger of relapsing. The app then automatically notifies a counselor.
The Clinical Trial Looks Good
According to JAMA, the trial study included 271 adults released from a one year inpatient alcoholism treatment program and were given free smartphones with the app installed. After eight months of using the sober smartphone app, the results showed that the app helped some persons in recovery and participating in the program to stay sober. The results show that more than half of the app users (approximately 65 percent) reported success in abstention. Although, the trial results relied on the individuals self-reporting their activities, a component which some argue may be unreliable; substance abuse experts say that the app could make a difference in whether or not an individual relapses or continues sobriety.
Technology for a Sober Future
Dr. Scott Krakower, an addiction specialist told WebMD, “For people who are really battling with alcoholism, they need a lot of this type of monitoring and ongoing support. This type of application can help people learn ways of resisting alcohol use outside of a controlled setting like an addiction center.” David Gustafson, one of the apps designers and director of the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies at the UW Madison said, “We’ve been told that the app makes a big difference.” Although A-CHESS is still under development and not yet ready for commercial release. However, the good news is that technology may one day make the difference support recovering addicts.
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