Exploring the focus and experiences of smartphone applications for addiction recovery

SAVIC, Michael, BEST, David, RODDA, Simone and LUBMAN, Dan I. (2013). Exploring the focus and experiences of smartphone applications for addiction recovery. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 32 (3), 310-319.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10550887.2013.824331
Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1080/10550887.2013.824331


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 focussed, 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.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Law Research Group
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/10550887.2013.824331
Page Range: 310-319
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2015 11:10
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 10:31
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9368

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