The online programme is complemented by a Companion app for Android and iOS devices. This further strengthens relapse prevention by alerting service users when they approach high-risk situations and ‘nudging’ them to carry out positive activities that boost their mood and provide structure in their daily routine.
To maximise the scalability, treatment integrity and therapeutic impact of Breaking Free from Substance Use, we have pioneered a delivery method using Computer-Assisted Therapy (CAT). Practitioners and peer mentors are trained and supported via an e-learning platform, which also contains modules for service managers on how to optimise implementation of the programme.
Commissioners and services receive a dashboard that monitors the reach and impact of the intervention in real time. This allows services to demonstrate how they are using digital technology to respond to emerging drug trends, expand treatment choice, and increase access to recovery-oriented interventions for their service users, including outside their normal operating hours.