Computer-based recovery support for patients receiving residential treatment for alcohol/drug dependence: relationship between program use and outcomes

Telemed J E Health. 2013 Feb;19(2):104-9. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2012.0107. Epub 2012 Dec 7.


Objective: This analysis of administrative data examined whether use of a Web-based recovery support program was related to self-reported post-treatment alcohol use among patients attending residential treatment for a substance use disorder.

Materials and methods: The program delivered individually tailored clinical content in a multimedia format over the initial 18 months after discharge from treatment. Post-treatment logins to the program and access of clinical content were measured, as was post-treatment alcohol use.

Results: Use of the program was frequent in the first 30 days following treatment but steadily decreased over time. Regression analyses revealed a significant relationship between the number of program logins and self-reported alcohol use in the first 6 months following treatment when controlling for other covariates related to alcohol use.

Conclusion: These results replicate a previous study of the My Ongoing Recovery Experience (MORE(®)) program (Hazelden, Center City, MN) and suggest that computerized support programs hold therapeutic potential for patients with alcohol/drug dependence.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Demography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Multimedia
  • Residential Treatment / methods*
  • Self Report
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy*
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome