Substance Matters has a post about the use of new technologies in methadone maintenance.
Patients who use a web-based intervention (TES) instead of half of their traditional counseling did better than those with traditional counseling as part of their methadone treatment.
It provokes important questions about the usefulness of new technologies and how they might be used to improve treatment outcomes.
However, what struck me was this graph:
This was a twelve month study. This means that subjects who got TES and did better than subjects recieving traditional methadone used opiates (other than methadone) 25 weeks of the year.
That’s a successful intervention?