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Hazelden Launches Recovery Support App

The new app offers videos, recovery tools, and instant access to sponsors for people moving from active treatment through the early stages of recovery.

A new app promises to guide users through the challenging first years of recovery, offering videos and tools for tracking progress, tips on relapse prevention, and instant links to sponsors and nearby AA meetings. Released through Hazelden, the addiction treatment services provider, the Mobile MORE Field Guide to Life app grew out of the MORE (My Ongoing Recovery Experience) online program that Hazelden provides its patients as they leave treatment.

A recent study on the web-based version of the program, published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, indicated that individuals who continued with the MORE program showed significantly higher abstinence rates than did those who dropped out or accessed only a few modules.1

With Field Guide for Life, app users move through the stages of early recovery over the course of a year. The app provides daily meditations, video challenges that urge app users to tackle a sober challenge each week, and tools for tracking their biggest obstacles and supports for recovery. The app also counts days of sobriety and helps users find a meeting and create a personalized relapse-prevention plan.

The app can be downloaded to iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and is available for group purchase by treatment centers. For group purchasers, the app can be customized so as to show the treatment center or company logo and contact information.

"Finding recovery support after treatment is essential to preventing relapse and maximizing a person's chance of sustaining long-term sobriety," said Nick Motu, Hazelden's publisher and vice president of Marketing and Communications. "The Field Guide to Life marries Hazelden's expertise in addiction recovery with mobile technology to offer those in recovery the guidance and support they need as they grow and evolve in their new lives."

Organized around the Twelve Steps, the application is designed to help users master relapse-prevention skills and incorporates the stages of change as well as motivational enhancement therapy and cognitive-behavioral techniques.

Additional information and a video demonstration of the Mobile MORE Field Guide to Life app are available on the Hazelden website.

1 Klein, A. A., Slaymaker, V. J., Dugosh, K. L., McKay, J. R. 2012. "Computerized continuing care support for alcohol and drug dependence: A preliminary analysis of usage and outcomes." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 42:1, 25-34.

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