Ten organizations testing smartphone application for relapse prevention

Submitted by: 11/11/2011 by Maureen Fitzgerald

NIATx is working with its partner initiative, the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS©) to help addiction treatment organizations adopt and implement health information technology.  

In a new project, the CHESS Health Education Consortium, university researchers and ten addiction treatment providers are testing A-CHESS, a smartphone application designed to help people maintain recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Early tests of this application indicate that it has great potential as a recovery support tool.

Over a one-year period, each provider will make A-CHESS available to up to 100 patients receiving substance abuse treatment. Through monthly teleconference calls, the consortium partners will share tips and best practices for using A-CHESS.  Participating organizations also have the opportunity to participate in designing research on implementing and disseminating A-CHESS.

CHESS Health Education Consortium Participants Testing A-CHESS include:

  • Advocates, Inc./Ayer Concord Drug Court, Ayer Massachusetts
  • Arapahoe House Inc., Denver, Colorado
  • Challenges Treatment Center, Margate, Florida
  • Fayette Companies/Human Service Center, Peoria, Illinois
  • Gosnold, Inc., Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • Kentucky River Community Care Inc., Jackson, Kentucky
  • L.E. Phillips Libertas /St. Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
  • Loyola Recovery Foundation, Rochester, New York
  • NICASA, Round Lake, Illinois
  • TERROS Inc., Phoenix, Arizona


For more information on how the CHESS Health Education Consortium contact:

Susan Dinauer
Associate Researcher
Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies
University of Wisconsin–Madison
(608) 265-6404

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