U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Exploring the Focus and Experiences of Smartphone Applications for Addiction Recovery

NCJ Number
Journal of Addictive Diseases Volume: 32 Issue: 3 Dated: July-September 2013 Pages: 310-319
Michael Savic, Ph.D.; David Best, Ph.D.; Simone Rodda, B.Sc.; Dan I. Lubman, Ph.D.
Date Published
July 2013
10 pages
This article discusses technical applications in the treatment in addiction recovery.
Addiction recovery Smartphone applications (apps) (n = 87) identified on the Google Play store in 2012 were coded, along with app user reviews, to explore functions, foci, and user experiences. Content analysis revealed that apps typically provided information on recovery, as well as content to enhance motivation, promote social support and tools to monitor progress. App users commented that the apps helped to inform them, keep them focused, inspire them, and connect them with other people and groups. Because few addiction recovery apps appear to have been formally evaluated, further research is needed to ascertain their effectiveness as stand-alone or adjunctive interventions. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.