Developing e-Covery, an App-based Intervention to Support Individuals With Co-occurring Problem Alcohol and Opioid Use

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Yale University

Status

Completed

Conditions

Opioid Use Disorder
Alcohol Use Disorder

Treatments

Other: Comparator Condition
Other: e-Covery

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other
NIH

Identifiers

NCT05325788
2000031915
1F31AA028992-01 (U.S. NIH Grant/Contract)

Details and patient eligibility

About

This project aims to improve the health of individuals engaged in co-occurring alcohol and opioid use by supporting the maintenance of behavior change initiated in substance use treatment. Building on prior research, this study will entail a stage 1b pilot to test the feasibility and acceptability of an app-based intervention for individuals reporting co-occurring alcohol and opioid use. The intervention will involve modifying an app currently used in a research study to collect GPS information to send push notifications when individuals encounter self-identified place-based triggers. Thirty individuals completing substance use treatment will consent to use the app for a thirty-day pilot period and will complete assessments of intervention feasibility and acceptability. Using within-subject tests, the analysis will summarize participant responses to assessments and will compare the use of general messaging to place-specific messaging.

Full description

Co-occurring alcohol and opioid use is a public health issue in need of attention and has been linked to various health concerns, such as motor vehicle accidents and drug poisoning and overdose. Individuals engaged in polysubstance use face myriad challenges in sustaining recovery after completion of substance use treatment and return to use after treatment completion is common. One challenge faced by individuals in early recovery is how specific places can serve as triggers for cravings that can precipitate return to use. Smartphone apps have the potential to curtail the effects of such triggers by providing messaging (or "nudging") when individuals are in locations identified as triggers of return to use. To date, research on app-based interventions has yet to examine the effect of such "nudging" independently and has not looked at its effectiveness in addressing co-occurring alcohol and opioid use. This project aims to improve the health of individuals engaged in co-occurring alcohol and opioid use by supporting the maintenance of behavior change initiated in substance use treatment. Building on prior research, this study will entail a stage 1b pilot to test the feasibility and acceptability of an app-based intervention for individuals reporting co-occurring alcohol and opioid use. The intervention will involve modifying an app currently used in a research study to collect GPS information to send push notifications when individuals encounter self-identified place-based triggers. Thirty individuals completing substance use treatment will consent to use the app for a thirty-day pilot period and will complete assessments of intervention feasibility and acceptability. Using within-subject tests, the analysis will summarize participant responses to assessments and will compare the use of general messaging to place-specific messaging.

Enrollment

40 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • speak English
  • report enrollment in a substance use treatment program at baseline
  • report use above the screening tool thresholds for problem alcohol use
  • own a smartphone
  • reside in Connecticut at baseline with no plans to move in the following month

Exclusion criteria

  • Inability to consent

Trial design

Primary purpose

Other

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Crossover Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

40 participants in 2 patient groups

Single daily message followed by location-based messaging
Other group
Description:
Participants in this condition receive a single daily message through the intervention app for two weeks (14 days) followed by location-based messaging for two weeks (14 days).
Treatment:
Other: e-Covery
Other: Comparator Condition
Location-based messaging followed by single daily message
Other group
Description:
Participants in this condition receive location-based messaging through the intervention app for two weeks (14 days) followed by a single daily message for two weeks (14 days) .
Treatment:
Other: e-Covery
Other: Comparator Condition

Trial documents
1

Trial contacts and locations

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Central trial contact

Trace Kershaw, PhD; Adam Viera, PhD

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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