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Subst Use Misuse. 2011;46(1):4-9. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2011.521066.

A review of computer-based interventions used in the assessment, treatment, and research of drug addiction.

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Center for Addiction Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA. WBickel@uams.edu

Abstract

Computer-based interventions are cost-efficient methods that may result in greater access to drug addiction treatment. We review recent findings from our laboratory where computer-based interventions have produced outcomes that are comparable to therapist-delivered interventions. We also examine how computer-based interventions targeting substance abuse disorders relate to cognitive functioning. This review will suggest that not only are computer-based interventions cost-efficient and accessible but that they are also effective methods for the motivation, engagement, and treatment of drug-dependent individuals. Moreover, computer-based interventions are compatible with a recently proposed biological mechanism implicated as the basis for drug addiction.

PMID:
21190401
PMCID:
PMC3092368
DOI:
10.3109/10826084.2011.521066
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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