A-CHESS has been used by over 7,000 people and used by 60 treatment centers nationwide.
Some services include:
- High Risk Locator: Helping patients stay sober by prompting them if they are near a place that could cause them to relapse.
- Panic Button: Patients can navigate their cravings and notify others that they need support at any time.
- Clinician Dashboard: Gives counselors a snapshot of how patients are doing and helps them connect with their patient's recovery.
You have a friend there. You are carrying around a bunch of people that are going through the same things you are.
- Study Participant
A-CHESS helps me in identifying ways to help the client. I can direct them to information in the app and it also keeps me updated with them and knowing how they are doing.
- 2012 iMedicalApps - mHealth Summit Research Award
- 2017 Harvard Innovation Award
- 2018 Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge Award
A Brief History of A-CHESS Results
First version of A-CHESS was built for alcohol dependent patients in residential treatment (2008-2013)
Randomized Clinical Trial Results: A-CHESS, relative to treatment-as-usual, significantly reduced risky drinking days and increased abstinence.
Building a research consortium with treatment agencies (2011-2016)15 agencies and 750 clients participated in a multi-year study of A-CHESS. 8 of which used A-CHESS for research studies with the following results. After using A-CHESS:
- Women with substance use disorders living in an impoverished rural setting stayed in treatment nearly 5 months longer.
- Total readmissions for active participants decreased by 71% for at-risk Veterans living in rural environments.
- Drug Court participants reported more engagement with recovery services and reduced transportation problems.
- The number of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing clients abstaining from using alcohol or illegal drugs increased from 48.3% at intake to 67.4% at 6 month follow-up.
Seva: Testing how A-CHESS can be disseminated to treatment centers (2012-2017)Implementation Research Trial Results: Patients had significant improvements in:
- risky drinking days
- illicit drug-use days
- quality of life
- human immunodeficiency virus screening rates
- number of hospitalizations
- 2014-2019: Testing the effectiveness of ongoing self-monitoring through Ecological Momentary Assessments and immediate recovery support through Ecological Momentary Interventions (Read more)
- 2014-2019: CASA-CHESS: Spanish version of A-CHESS for clients with Alcohol-Use Disorder and a Mental Health Disorder (Read more)
- 2014-2019: Combining A-CHESS with Telephone Counseling and testing the effectiveness of each intervention separately (Read more)
- 2015-2020: Pairing A-CHESS with Medication-Assisted Treatment to improve recovery from Opioid-Use Disorders (Read more)
- 2016-2021: Using A-CHESS to help prevent HIV treatment failure by collecting information from patients about drug use, mood, and other factors. (Read more)
- 2018-2023: Disseminating A-CHESS to 16 treatment providers in Iowa using the NIATX-TI framework (Read more)
- 2017-2020: Supporting patients in recovery and their partners through alcohol behavioral couples therapy using A-CHESS (Read more)
- 2018-2023: Helping primary-care patients reduce their drinking using A-CHESS (Read More)