Addiction treatment providers around the country and world are continually working to improve retention and recovery rates. Researchers conduct studies on anything from new counseling methods and activities to medications and holistic treatments.
A new study recently published in the American Journal of Psychology showed that a web-based Therapeutic Education System (TES) intervention during treatment can positively affect the recovery process. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the study followed adult men and women in outpatient treatment over a 12 week period.
Half of the participants went through treatment as usual, while the other half substituted 2 hours’ worth of standard treatment per week with the TES, which was delivered via web-based interface. The system includes 62 interactive modules covering skills for achieving and maintaining abstinence, plus prize-based motivational incentives contingent on abstinence and treatment adherence.
The results showed those receiving the TES intervention support had higher retention rates and abstinent rates as well. The conclusion of the study showed that there can be computer-based learning programs integrated in the continuum of care to assist in promoting long-term recovery and improve outcomes.