Computer Programs May Help Addicts Stay Sober

Computer-based training, when combined with traditional therapy, may give addicts in treatment a better chance at recovery.

A Yale University study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, focused on seventy-seven people in treatment for addiction. Either they received traditional counseling, or they were given computer-assisted training based on principles of cognitive behavioral therapy and given sessions with a therapist. At the end of the study, all the patients were given drug tests.

Substantially fewer patients who got the computer-assisted training tested positive in those drug tests, according to Kathleen M. Carroll, professor of psychiatry and the study’s lead author. She added, “We think this is a very exciting way of reaching more people who may have substance use problems and providing a means of helping them learn effective ways to change their behavior.”

To read more about the study, or about the contents of the computer-assisted training program, click here.

Source: Science Daily
Date: May 23, 2008

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