Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a substantial problem, causing premature death and great economic burden. Research has highlighted the potential positive impact of technological interventions such as smartphone applications (app) in treatment of alcohol use disorder. The aim of this presentation is to explore the effectiveness of a smartphone app, incorporating computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (C-CBT) and text messaging support, on alcohol outcomes over 6 months in a post rehabilitation setting. 111 participants with AUD were recruited into this randomised controlled trial, following completion of a 30-day rehabilitation programme. Intervention group (n=54) used the smartphone app ‘UControlDrink’ (UCD) over 6 months and the control group (n=57) received treatment as usual (TAU). Results: There was a significant reduction in number of drinking days in the intervention group relative to TAU at 3- and 6- month time points over the treatment trial, with a corresponding reduction in anxiety scores..
The UCD smartphone app demonstrates a significant benefit to reducing the number of drinking days over a 6- month post-rehabilitation period.
The presentation will deliver the results of this important controlled trial, and place the findings in the setting of current evidence for the use of technology in treatment of addictive disorders. The presenter will use a slide presentation, with appropriate handouts to cover the material. A question and answer format will be used at the end of the slide presentation to allow audience participation
1. Understand the potential of addiction technology in the treatment of alcohol and addictive disorders.
2. Learn about the scientific evidence for use of a smartphone app in a rehabilitation setting.
3. Learn of the integration of technology interventions with established treatments.