A new smartphone app called Step Away provides immediate help for some of the daily struggles of AUD recovery. The user-directed app offers stepwise strategies to support abstinence or moderation through setting goals and rewards, and utilizes proven strategies to support the user during cravings. Step Away is free and available on iTunes.
The app was developed by Dr. Patrick Dulin, a University of Alaska psychologist and the founder and director of Here and Now Systems, with the help of funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). In a pilot test, people with alcohol-use disorder who used a prototype of the app were able to cut back on their heavy drinking days by over 60 percent and reduce their drinking overall. Since this initial 2013 study, Dr. Dulin has refined the app, allowing it to be customized to the user’s needs.
According to the Step Away website, users of the app will:
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*PGDF is not affiliated with the developers of Step Away.