A pilot test of a mobile app for drug court participants

Kimberly Johnson, Stephanie Richards, Ming Yuan Chih, Tae Joon Moon, Hilary Curtis, David H. Gustafson

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The U.S. criminal justice system refers more people to substance abuse treatment than any other system. Low treatment completion rates and high relapse rates among addicted offenders highlight the need for better substance use disorder treatment and recovery tools. Mobile health applica-tions (apps) may fill that need by providing continuous support. In this pilot test, 30 participants in a Massachusetts drug court program used A-CHESS, a mobile app for recovery support and relapse prevention, over a four-month period. Over the course of the study period, participants opened A-CHESS on average of 62% of the days that they had the app. Social networking tools were the most utilized services. The study results suggest that drug court partici-pants will make regular use of a recovery support app.This pilot study sought to find out if addicted offenders in a drug court program would use a mobile application to support and manage their recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalSubstance Abuse: Research and Treatment
StatePublished - Dec 16 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Drug court
  • Mobile health
  • Social networks
  • Substance abuse
  • Substance use disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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