New addiction recovery app designed with service users
A new app, part-funded by the National Institute for Health Research Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre has been launched, with additional funds from Action on Addiction.
The SURE Recovery app is designed for people using substances to track their recovery journeys and achieve their personal goals. SURE Recovery has been co-designed by researchers, people in recovery, and the digital health company Mindwave Ventures.
The app is free to download and use, and allows users to monitor their recovery and sleep, and receive personalised feedback based on their current progress. It also provides information on the life-saving drug naloxone and what to do in the event of a heroin overdose.
The additional diary feature gives users a safe space to record thoughts and feelings and there is also free access to a book on recovery.
Professor Jo Neale from the National Addiction Centre, King’s College London, who led the project, has conducted numerous studies to better understand addiction, treatment, and recovery. Professor Neale told us:
We were developing tools and attracting interest from across the globe, but that interest was mostly from people wanting to monitor and assess their patients. We knew that people in recovery wanted the tools in an app so that they could record and refer to their own scores in private.
Graham Beech, Chief Executive of Action on Addiction, said:
This is a great example of how our longstanding partnership with King’s College London has been able to support the development of pioneering research which has the potential to change the way we help those affected by addiction.
App users will also be given the opportunity to participate in further research by sharing their data with the research team, and by providing feedback on the app. These optional features will help Neale and her team to better understand substance use, sleep and naloxone use, and potentially improve treatment. The team will also explore how the app is being used and how it might be improved in the future.
Visit the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre website to learn more or download the app.
The King’s Health Partners Addictions Clinical Academic Group covers illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco addiction and is one of the largest providers of NHS addictions services in the UK.