Using Technology for Substance Use Treatment
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.

TES Testimonials

Therapeutic Education System (TES) is an interactive, web-based psychosocial intervention for SUDs. The blending Initiative Team visited multiple treatment agencies throughout the country and filmed testimonials of people that have used these interventions in their programs. Learn from their experiences and even see a few clients that participated in the programs.

Feel free to review the attached curriculum to understand more about the uses and benefits of technology assisted care and how it can be used to increase the effectiveness and reach of treatment for 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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