A moderation training web app. for problem drinkers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43AA014305-01A1
Award Id:
71106
Agency Tracking Number:
AA014305
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
BEHAVIOR THERAPY ASSOCIATES, LLP, 9426 INDIAN SCHOOL RD NE, STE 1Q, ALBUQUERQUE, NM, 87112
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
REID HESTER
(505) 345-6100
REIDHESTER@LOBO.NET
Business Contact:
REID HESTER
(505) 345-6100
REIDHESTER@LOBO.NET
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The goals of this project are to develop, evaluate, and disseminate an Internet (web) application that teaches moderate drinking skills to members of the self-help organization, Moderation Management (MM) and to visitors to their web site. The application will be called Moderate Drinking (MD). MM (www.moderation.org) describes itself as an organization that can be helpful for problem or heavy drinkers but not alcoholics. It pursues this mission by specifying a program of behavioral change with a goal of moderate and non-problematic drinking. MM offers an online mutual-help community via a listserv, face-to-face meetings, and written materials describing the elements of behavioral change and the MM program. The core elements of behavioral change in MM are similar to those of behavioral self-control training (BSCT), a moderation oriented intervention with strong empirical support. MM has additional elements not usually included in BSCT protocols including a detailed consideration of abstinence as a goal, a 30 day period of abstinence with self-monitoring prior to attempting moderate drinking, management of urges and cravings, segues to abstinence if moderation is not successful, and a more detailed relapse prevention component. A self-help organization with an empirical orientation, MM is interested in working with researchers to understand the impact of their efforts and to improve the effectiveness of the help they offer problem drinkers. Developing, evaluating, and disseminating a Moderate Drinking web application could help more members of MM be successful with a goal of non-problematic, moderate drinking. The goals of Phase I are to develop a limited prototype web application and conduct a pilot study with established MM members to evaluate its technical merit and feasibility. A panel of MM professional advisors also will evaluate the prototype. Phase II goals include the completion of the application, pilot testing, and a controlled clinical trial with a 12 month follow-up to assess effectiveness.

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