New Leaf Publishes Research on Meth Addiction Intervention

New Leaf was currently published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs for research which analysed the effectiveness of text messaging as a Meth Addiction Intervention. The article can be accessed here.

The abstract of the article is included below..

“Psychosocial treatments for methamphetamine dependence are of limited effectiveness.
Thus, a significant need exists for add-on therapy for this substance user disorder. The aim of this study
was to develop and test a novel text messaging intervention for use as an adjunct to cognitive behavioral
group therapy for methamphetamine users. Text messaging has the potential to support patients in
real-time, around the clock. We convened two meetings of an expert panel, held three focus groups in
current and former users, and conducted 15 semi-structured interviews with in-treatment users in order
to develop a fully automated, cognitive behavioral therapy-based text messaging intervention.We then
conducted a randomized, crossover pre-test in five users seeking treatment. Participants’ ratings of
ease of use and functionality of the system were high. During the pre-test, we performed real-time
assessments via text messaging on daily methamphetamine use, craving levels, and the perceived usefulness
of messages; 79% of scheduled assessments were collected. The odds of messages being rated
as “very” or “extremely” useful were 6.6 times (95% CI: 2.2, 19.4) higher in the active vs. placebo
periods. The intervention is now ready for testing in randomized clinical trials.”

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