New app pays alcoholics $5 a day not to drink
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A clever new app aims to replace the little hit your brain’s reward center gets from drugs or alcohol with a five a day instead.
According to boston globe, which yesterday covered the startup DynamiCare. The use of apps, games and other technology to help treat conditions such as addition is known as digital therapy.
“All drugs of abuse disrupt the brain’s reward center, which is deeper in the brain,” said David Gastfriend, co-founder of DynamiCare. World. “When we just put people in rehab and then send them to counseling, we’re saying, ‘Use your thinking brain to try to overcome your chemical training center.’ The problem is that the behavior works in the opposite direction.
A 2011 addiction study found that researchers, clinicians, and the public can be equally skeptical of contingency management treatments, also known as the reward method. Gasfriend said in 2019 that the app does not allow users to spend money on certain items or in certain situations, and monitors other behaviors like attendance at rehab appointments. The app can also be linked to Bluetooth breathalyzers to make sure someone is truly sober.
In a country with a raging opioid epidemic, new treatment methods are welcome. Some people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse may benefit from 12-step programs, while others may rely on religious or community support groups or even medication. Putting yet another tool in the sober arsenal can only help.
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