Delivering Psychosocial Treatment to Substance Abusers via Mobile Technologies

Principal Investigator: Michelle C. Acosta

Approximately 2.3 million Americans currently abuse heroin or prescription opioids, with the cost of opioid use disorders (OUDs) annually exceeding $30 billion. Unfortunately, most individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs), including OUDs do not receive treatment, and the minority that receive treatment do not typically receive effective psychosocial treatment interventions due to cost and other operational barriers. The proposed Mobile Therapeutic System, a novel, interactive, psychosocial intervention for SUDs delivered via mobile phones, may allow for the provision of effective and cost-effective treatment that may be widely disseminated, thereby significantly improving access and effectiveness of SUD treatment in a variety of populations, including individuals with OUDs, while limiting costs.

For more information: Abstract

  • About NDRI
          Since 1967, National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI), a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has conducted substance use and other bio-behavioral research nationwide and throughout the world.

          Drawing on the expertise of our interdisciplinary professional staff and our partners such as medical centers, treatment and prevention programs, universities, CBOs, industry and government NDRI has advanced public health across diverse populations including high-risk and underserved persons, uniformed services, youth and veterans.

          In addition to its focus on addiction, NDRI, organized under specialized institutes, has generated scientific discoveries associated with infectious diseases (particularly HIV and Hepatitis C), overdose, chronic pain, prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer, tobacco control and criminal justice.


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