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Using Technology for Substance Use Treatment

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Increase client access To care.

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This site represents a collaborative “Blending” Product from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Blending Initiative. The purpose of the product is to provide information, videos, training, and other resource information for  implementing technology assisted treatments/care to improve the quality and reach of treatment services for persons with substance use disorders.

Technology Assisted Care

Technology Assisted Care (TAC) refers to the use of technology devices to deliver some aspects of psychotherapy or behavioral treatment directly to patients via interaction with a web-based program. TACs as used on this site may involve the use of computers, tablets, or mobile phones, and may involve web-based support groups, virtual reality sites, interactive voice response, and even video games. All the interventions described on this site are computer-based interventions.  Research evidence has accumulated for the beneficial effects of interactive web or mobile technologies which extend clinical interventions for Alcohol Use, Tobacco Cessation, Illicit Drug Use, and Gambling. Check out these examples of Technology Assisted Care:

Examples of TAC

TES is a web-based version of the Community Reinforcement Approach for substance use disorders.
CBT 4 CBT is a computer-based  version of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) View the research here.
MOTIV8, a web-based contingency management program.
Project Quit is a web-based smoking cessation program.
Moderate (MD) is a skills training program for reduced alcohol intake
Drinker’s Checkup (DCU) is a program to help problem-drinkers reduce their alcohol use

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