Phone app developed for drug addicts in recovery

Fluor-BWXT donated $24,000 to sponsor a pilot program that uses artificial intelligence and cellphone technology to help people who are struggling with drug addiction at a treatment facility in Portsmouth.
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SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A nonprofit treatment facility based in Portsmouth will test out new technology to help patients in drug recovery.

The Counseling Center received a $24,000 donation to fight substance abuse in southern Ohio.

Fluor-BWXT donated the money to sponsor a pilot program that uses artificial intelligence and cellphone technology to help people who are struggling with drug addiction. The program, called CASANO Case Management Technology, will use an app and "chatbot" system to keep in contact with clients.

“This program is the first-of-its-kind and has the potential to revolutionize the entire recovery process and lead to closer monitoring of individual progress and near-term behavioral improvement,” Tim Poe, of Fluor-BWXT, said.

Clients will check in with case workers through a custom phone app. The app also allows the center to verify a client's location.

"The continuous interactivity of the program addresses needs and risks such as impulsivity, risk-taking, or the ability to solve problems," a press release from Fluor-BWXT states.

The pilot program will support about 100 clients. The University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute will provide technical assistance.

Probatum Technologies, a local company based in Piketon, Ohio, developed the program.

“Ninety percent of the clients going to The Counseling Center come by court referral," Probatum President Rick Warner said. "CASANO is a corrective action plan designed to address barriers and change behavior. It’s based on small corrections and reinforcements distributed on a regular basis.”

There are approximately 350 patients enrolled at the Counseling Center at any given time. The facility provides services that include withdrawal management, residential services, vocational skill development, and job placement.