A new smart phone application appears to help people in recovery for alcohol addiction.
It features audio relaxation, communication with peer support groups, and even sends an alert if users go near a high-risk location, like a bar.
Researchers tested the app on a group of patients leaving a residential treatment center.
They had fewer binge drinking episodes and more consistent abstinence from alcohol than patients in the study who did not use the app.
The app includes a feature asking periodic questions by text or voicemail about how patients are doing.
If enough answers seem worrisome, the system automatically notifies a counselor who can then offer help.
The app is called A-Chess app.
A-Chess app also features a ‘panic button’ that gives a struggling person instant access to distractions, reminders or even a close friend who can come give them support.