Behavioral health care dot-com and beyond: computer-mediated communications in mental health and substance abuse treatment

Am Psychol. 2000 Nov;55(11):1290-300.


Computer-mediated communications (CMC) such as e-mail, websites, and CD-ROM and DVD programs, both on and off the Internet, will play an ever larger role in the future of behavioral health care. This address describes the current rapid expansion of CMC and some profound changes that are likely in the future. The reasons for using such CMC programs are addressed, and an example of a new multimedia version of the Addiction Severity Index is described. Issues and concerns about future uses of CMC are raised, as are possible implications for psychology.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Psychotherapy*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • United States