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BRIEF: Smartphone app helps battle abuse

August 23, 2014

By Tim Unruh, The Salina Journal, Kan.

Aug. 23--Temptation is always lurking, Jerry Hassler said, poised to nudge you back into drug and alcohol abuse.

He's been sober for five months, but a return to destructive behavior is always one bad decision away. Hassler, 28, has fallen from his recovery before.

"It's every minute of every day," he said. "For me, the hardest part is when I'm down and out or depressed and there is nobody to talk to. That's basically when a relapse happens."

But technology from the Addiction Center for Health Enhancement System Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (the acronym is ACHESS) offers a useful tool.

With the simple click of a smartphone app, assistance zooms in from cyberspace, and more often than before, helps to calm critical moments and keeps addicts on the recovery path.

Read the rest of this story in Sunday's edition of the Journal.


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