What if there was a proven therapy for addiction treatment that did not involve the use of medication?
We know that for opioid use disorder that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has the highest success rate. Suboxone, Subutex, ZubSolv, and similar medications that contain buprenorphine are quickly becoming the gold standard. Naltrexone, similarly, has a high success rate in treating alcohol use disorder. Yet, many substance use disorders do not have medication that works as well to assist in treatment and recovery. And, even with the high success rate of medication in treating opioid addiction, standardized therapy is essential for long-term success.
What are Prescription Digital Therapeutics?
Nearly all of us have smart phones and carry them everywhere with us. We download apps all the time and arrange the most useful apps on our phones for easy access. What if there was an app that could help you quit drugs and stay clean? There are various apps out there on the app store and play store that do claim to assist in addiction recovery. However, there is a new class of mobile app technology that is authorized by the FDA and only available with a doctor’s prescription that is proven to provide therapeutic support, not just for opioid addiction, but for a variety of substance addictions, including cocaine, amphetamine, and methamphetamine. Regardless of the drug of choice, PDT has you covered.
Who makes PDT apps?
There is a company named Pear Therapeutics that has released two major mobile apps that run on iOS and Android platforms. They are named, Reset, and RESET-O. Anyone can download these apps, but to use them, you will need authorization from a physician by prescription to complete the 12-week course of therapy. These programs use cognitive behavioral therapy and various rewards to help retrain the brain to not focus on substance use when confronted with the many triggers that present themselves in everyday life.
Who should use Prescription Digital Therapeutics?
Anyone who is struggling with overcoming addiction to a drug, whether it be heroin, fentanyl, pain pills, cocaine, amphetamines, meth, marijuana, mollies/ecstacy, or any prescription or street drug of abuse will benefit from PDT. If you are committed to your recovery from addiction, you will want to learn more about PDT. When you are ready to get started, talk to your doctor about how to enroll in a PDT program.
How can I learn more about PDT?
Below is a brochure from Pear Therapeutics with more information about Reset and Reset-O. Also, we are providing the paperwork needed to obtain access to the apps.