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How Technology Is Reshaping Addiction Care

Since our inception, Aware Recovery Care has sought to be a leading innovator in addiction treatment.

In addition to creating the IHATTM (in-home addiction treatment) model of care, we remain deeply committed to developing digital health interventions that can support our clients continuously. The IHAT Institute is also deeply involved in this work, as are researchers at UMass Amherst.

A 2020 paper in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment describes some of these efforts.

Now research from the University of Washington further validates our work in digital health interventions.

In a paper published in July 2021 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the Washington research team confirms that wearables can detect a person's stress levels (heart rate, sweat gland activity, body temperature, and skin conductance) – providing caregivers with valuable data from remote sensors.

The correlation between levels of stress and abstinence from alcohol is well documented. As stress levels rise, the chances an alcoholic will relapse also rise.

By deploying wearables that continuously monitor a client's physiological state, treatment teams gain access to critical real-time data, even when physical proximity is not possible.

This data allows for rapid interventions that can help clients regain their emotional equilibrium before a relapse can occur.

What's the future hold?

Our research teams at Aware and UMass Amherst continue our promising developmental work on wearables with the goal of using them to help clients addicted to drugs as well as alcohol.

If you're struggling with an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs and need help in Southern Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Florida, or Indiana, the recovery teams at Aware Recovery Care are here to help. Our unique model of care is giving clients a significantly better chance of recovery when compared to traditional inpatient rehab care. To learn more, please contact one of our Recovery Specialists.

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