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Telemed J E Health. 2013 Feb;19(2):104-9. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2012.0107. Epub 2012 Dec 7.

Computer-based recovery support for patients receiving residential treatment for alcohol/drug dependence: relationship between program use and outcomes.

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Butler Center for Research, Hazelden Foundation, Center City, Minnesota 55012-0011, USA. aklein@hazelden.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This analysis of administrative data examined whether use of a Web-based recovery support program was related to self-reported post-treatment alcohol use among patients attending residential treatment for a substance use disorder.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The program delivered individually tailored clinical content in a multimedia format over the initial 18 months after discharge from treatment. Post-treatment logins to the program and access of clinical content were measured, as was post-treatment alcohol use.

RESULTS:

Use of the program was frequent in the first 30 days following treatment but steadily decreased over time. Regression analyses revealed a significant relationship between the number of program logins and self-reported alcohol use in the first 6 months following treatment when controlling for other covariates related to alcohol use.

CONCLUSION:

These results replicate a previous study of the My Ongoing Recovery Experience (MORE(®)) program (Hazelden, Center City, MN) and suggest that computerized support programs hold therapeutic potential for patients with alcohol/drug dependence.

PMID:
23215735
DOI:
10.1089/tmj.2012.0107
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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