Sober smartphone app helps recovering alcoholics stay sober; its GPS keeps them away from bars

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This screen grab provided by the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., shows the A-CHESS app. The app, developed for recovering alcoholics, includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns. The app is being commercially developed and is not yet available. (AP Photo/Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies)

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Basch, who wasn't involved in the study, said proven methods for helping prevent relapse include patient monitoring and support from family and peers.

"A stand-alone mobile app may not be the answer, but one can see how it could fit in nicely," she said. "A real-time tool, as well as reminders throughout the day, could be very helpful for a recovering brain."

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