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Text Messaging as Aftercare Intervention Cuts Relapse Risk in Youth

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that a pilot program designed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles uses interactive text messaging to reduce young people’s odds of relapse compared to standard aftercare programs. Participants in the pilot program, called Educating & Supporting Inquisitive Youth in Recovery, received daily texts with wellness tips, motivational feedback and educational information. Researchers found that with the awareness and feedback provided by thie program, participants were more readily able to develop coping strategies when facing relapse triggers, and their odds of relapsing were reduced by more than 50 percent.

Researchers are building a larger, stage II efficacy trial based on the promise shown by this initial study. More information on the pilot program is available on the NIDA website