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Digital Therapeutics for Substance Use Disorders: From Research to Practice

Article Excerpt: Over the last decade, and especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began, technology has been leveraged more than ever in medicine. The umbrella term “digital health” encompasses digital medicine (DM) and refers to all entities that engage lay individuals in wellness and health-related endeavors by collecting data.

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Article Source: Psychiatric Times


Addiction Treatment Is Hard. A New Wave of Apps Aims to Help

Article Excerpt: This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a stunning report that showed drug overdose deaths shot up 30% in 2020. While the pandemic has led to increased distress among Americans, it’s also opened the door for innovation in certain aspects of mental healthcare, especially around addiction. Rehabilitation programs—ranging from 12-step programs to medication-assisted therapy—all went online. Now, a cadre of startups are thinking about how they can leverage the boom in telehealth to deliver better addiction care.

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Article Source: Fast Company


New Study Pays Medicaid Members Who Want To Quit Drinking

Article Excerpt: Rewards-based digital coaching for those who misuse alcohol and want to quit is now open to Vermont Medicaid members. The program is part of a research study. Participants are recruited and can remain anonymous. Once selected, they will have access to digital coaching and information and will be given monetary incentives for staying sober.

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Article Source: Vermont Public Radio


Rowan Psychology Professor Awarded NIH Grant for Smartphone-Based Smoking Cessation Intervention

Article Excerpt: Abstain from smoking, get virtual tokens to unlock your favorite apps. Puff away, and your smartphone applications stay locked. That’s the choice smokers attempting to quit will have when using Re-Connect, the smartphone-based smoking cessation intervention for which the National Institutes of Health awarded Dr. Bethany Raiff a three-year, $658,097grant. Raiff, a Rowan University professor of psychology and director of the Health and Behavioral Integrated Treatments (HABIT) Research Unit, has been working in behavioral health and smoking cessation for more than 15 years. Her research uses the principles of contingency management by applying an incentive—traditionally, money—to encourage the individual to give up smoking.

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Article Source: Rowan University


Startup Combines Cash Rewards And Therapy In An App To Fight Meth Addiction

Article Excerpt: It doesn’t get that much attention, but the methamphetamine epidemic in the U.S. is startlingly widespread and lethal… At the same time, effective treatment often relies on behavioral therapy programs that aren’t tailored to the needs of meth addicts, according to Kristin Muhlner, CEO and co-founder of addiction treatment startup Affect Therapeutics. There is no FDA-approved medical therapy for methamphetamine user disorder. That’s why in 2020, Muhlner joined forces with Dr. Jeff De Flavio, a founder of opioid addiction treatment programs, among other ventures aimed at broadening access to healthcare, to launch Affect, a New York City startup with an app-based treatment program for meth addicts that combines reward systems—paying cash for achieving certain tasks—with group therapy.

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Article Source: Forbes


Inside JABA #6: How to Stop Smoking Using Behavior Analysis

Article Excerpt: In the sixth edition of the Inside JABA Series, I’m joined by Inside JABA regulars Drs. Linda LeBlanc and Claire St. Peter, as well as Dr. Jesse Dallery, to talk about the paper he and his colleagues published in the latest issue of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis… Here are some of the topics we discussed:

  • The current scope of cigarette smoking in the United States.
  • How cigarette smoking occurs disproportionately in individuals of lower socio-economic status.
  • Previous research in the contingency management (CM) of cigarette smoking.
  • The logistical challenges of previous work in CM.
  • How Jesse and his research team addressed these challenges in the current study by developing a mobile system of carbon monoxide sampling.
  • The relationship between the literatures of CM and Delay Discounting, and more generally, Behavioral Economics

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Article Source: The Behavioral Observations Podcast


Mobile Technology Could Unleash Power of Reward-Based Treatment

Article Excerpt: Incentive-based “contingency management” strategies remain largely underutilized in substance use treatment, despite their significant basis of support in research. A new report suggests that the wide availability of mobile technology could assist in bringing contingency management to its full potential for addiction treatment.

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Article Source: Addiction Professional


Is Rewards-Based Addiction Treatment On The Way?

Article Excerpt: Researchers are working on combining technology with the practice of contingency management (CM) in order to eventually treat addiction disorders and promote abstinence long-term.  A new report titled “Technology-Based Contingency Management in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders” imagines remote alcohol, nicotine, and cannabis detection technology that can also deliver rewards like food vouchers for following the program.

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Article Source: The Fix


Internet-based self-tailored deposit contracts to promote smoking reduction and abstinence.

Jarvis BP, Dallery J. (2017). Internet-based self-tailored deposit contracts to promote smoking reduction and abstinence. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 9999: 1-17. doi: 10.1002/jaba.377

Researchers used advertisements to recruit 19 smokers planning to quit smoking for two experiments evaluating an online deposit contract intervention. Read More