249514 Recovery 2.0: Using Technology to Engage Adolescents in Sober Behavior

Monday, October 31, 2011

Stephanie Springer, MPH , Southwest Institute for Research on Women, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Bridget Ruiz, MEd , Southwest Institute for Research on Women, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Lora Passetti, MS , Chestnut Health Systems, Normal, IL
Mark Godley, PhD , Chestnut Health Systems, Normal, IL
As with many public health-related illnesses, continuing care is a necessary component for recovery from a substance use disorder. Adolescent treatment providers are in need of additional evidence-based recovery support services because existing services were designed for adult populations. To address this issue, the Recovery Services for Adolescents and Families (RSAF) program is testing three promising recovery supports: (1) telephone monitoring and support calls, (2) recovery-oriented social networking website, and (3) a family program using the Community Reinforcement Approach Family Training (CRAFT) method. Four sites in the U.S. are involved in the RSAF project including Bloomington, Illinois; Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Seattle, Washington; and Tucson, Arizona. The project protocol engages adolescents after they leave treatment. Adolescents are contacted by a trained telephone support volunteer via phone or text message to check on the youth's recovery experience and their progress toward short and long term goals. Adolescents also participate in a moderated social networking website designed for youth engaged in the recovery process. Additionally, caregivers participate in family groups that are based on the CRAFT model, which is a cognitive-behavioral approach that trains caregivers to use behavioral principles to encourage their adolescents in recovery and to engage the family in recovery activities. The presenter will offer descriptive information of project participants (n=202) and results of the recovery support services since October 2009 (e.g., more than 1100 completed telephone/text support calls, Google Analytics highlighting the utilization of the social networking site, participant satisfaction). The preliminary data imply promise for the utilization of health informatics technologies within the addiction field. Furthermore, the broader public health implications include the progression of innovative continuing care services.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Communication and informatics
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the session, the participant will be able to (1) explain the importance of utilizing new technology for continuing care services; (2) discuss the feasibility of implementing HIIT continuing care services with adolescents to encourage substance abuse recovery; and (3) identify and describe opportunities and challenges in adopting HIIT to assist underserved communities.

Keywords: Technology, Substance Abuse

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I have coordinated all aspects of the program described in the abstract at the Tucson, AZ, site since project inception; I have also been implementing and evaluating public health programs serving underserved populations for nine years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.