First FDA-Approved App Released to Help Treat Substance Abuse

chronic use of these substances causes “significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school or home.”

The newly-approved app delivers behavioral therapy that’s designed to “increase abstinence from substance abuse and increase [participation] in outpatient therapy programs,” the FDA said.

“This is an example of how innovative digital technologies can help provide patients access to additional tools during their treatment,” said Carlos Peña, Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices.

The agency said it reviewed a 12-week clinical study involving nearly 400 people. Among those who used the app, 40.3 percent abstained from further alcohol, cocaine, marijuana or stimulant use, compared with 17.6 percent among those who did not use the app.

How does it work?

 

reSET is a prescription digital therapeutic designed to