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Combatting Alcoholism – There’s An App For That

Steve ObermanSmartphone applications (apps) seem to have permeated every facet of our lives. For people fighting alcohol addiction, there are a host of apps available to help. In a recent interview, Dr. David Gustafson, director of the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies at the University of Wisconsin, discussed the benefits of a recently released app, A-CHESS.

The application provides a number of services to those seeking assistance. One service involves a GPS monitoring system which triggers an alarm when the user is approaching a bar or tavern listed as a place where he or she previously frequented.

The application also periodically asks the user questions. If the responses raise “red flags,” a counselor is notified who will then call the individual. Another service is an electronic equivalent of a social gathering place where those recovering can share their experiences. There is also a “panic button” for users to press when they need immediate help. This can prompt encouraging reminders recorded by the user or can even alert a nearby friend for help. A clinical trial indicates that A-CHESS users were 65% less likely to drink during the year following their release from a treatment program.

Dr. Gustafson pointed out that a great deal of information is stored about each user. This is a result of each person’s treatment being individualized. For those concerned with privacy implications, users can turn off certain aspects of the program; such as the GPS monitoring system. Dr. Gustafson stressed the importance of being forthright with users so they know their options.

There are, of course, no “quick-fixes” to alcoholism. Services like this are designed to add one more tool to those who are overcoming their addiction.

About Steve Oberman

Since graduating from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1980, Mr. Oberman has become established as a national authority on the intricacies of DUI defense law. Steve is a former Dean of the National College for DUI Defense, co-author of a national treatise ("Drunk Driving Defense" published by Aspen/Wolters-Kluwer), and author of "DUI: The Crime and Consequences in Tennessee" (published by Thomson-Reuters/West). He has taught thousands of lawyers, judges, and members of the general public about the intricacies of this crime. Steve was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach at the University of Latvia School of Law in 2019. As a Tennessee DUI attorney, Mr. Oberman has successfully defended over two thousand clients charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In 2006, Mr. Oberman became the first DUI lawyer in Tennessee to be recognized by the National College for DUI Defense as a Board Certified Specialist in the area of DUI Defense law.

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