Canada’s federal funding agency for health research, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), has awarded a grant of $378,000 for a study to be conducted by a team of investigators from the University of Toronto, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Ontario Telemedicine Network, Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA) and Breaking Free Group.
Led by Dr Lena Quilty (University of Toronto and CAMH), the study is a three-arm randomized controlled trial examining the clinical impact of providing the Breaking Free from Substance Use digital intervention for Substance Use Disorder to patients at CAMH alongside peer support. A total of 225 participants will be randomized to one of three groups: 1) Breaking Free plus peer support and standard care, 2) Breaking Free plus standard care, or 3) standard care only.
Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council have commissioned the Lower My Drinking and My Quit Route digital platforms for preventing alcohol harm and increasing smoking quit rates, thereby giving all residents access to behavioural support.
The new commissions build upon the existing deployments of these evidence-based behaviour change interventions by the Public Health Directorates of Medway, Sandwell, Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.
Breaking Free Group’s evidence-based digital intervention for addressing Substance Use Disorder is to be deployed in Windsor-Essex to help address the opioid crisis and high prevalence of methamphetamine abuse in this region of Ontario.
Due to start in April 2020, implementation of Breaking Free from Substance Use will adopt a phased approach. The program will be delivered by Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, House of Sophrosyne and other local addiction services in the first year, and then made accessible to every resident of Windsor-Essex who is experiencing difficulties with drugs or alcohol in the second year of the deployment.
The Lower My Drinking and My Quit Route apps for Android and iOS devices, developed by Breaking Free Group to help people in the general population reduce their drinking and quit smoking, have been approved by ORCHA following an independent review process.
ORCHA awarded the Lower My Drinking app a score of 76%, which ranked it at number 3 of 54 alcohol apps to have been approved to date. The My Quit Route app was also awarded a score of 76%, which ranked it at number 3 of 90 approved smoking cessation apps.
Breaking Free Group has formed a partnership with GTL, a leader in transformative corrections technology that services 29 state Departments of Corrections and over 2,500 correctional facilities across the United States.
Inmates in prisons and jails will now be able to access Breaking Free’s evidence-based digital behavioral support programs for Substance Use Disorders and smoking cessation via GTL’s class-leading education services platform and Inspire secure tablets.
Interserve Justice, who run Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) across North West England, are introducing Breaking Free Online as an Accredited Programme that will be used to treat offenders under the supervision of the National Probation Service in Bolton, Crewe, Trafford, Liverpool, Manchester and Tameside.
Breaking Free Online is the only digital programme to be accredited by the Correctional Services Accreditation and Advice Panel (CSAAP) at the Ministry of Justice as a gold standard intervention for addressing the links between substance misuse and offending behaviour.