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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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OROZCO CABAL, Luis Felipe. Internet and Online Resources Such as Therapeutic Alternatives for Substance Use Disorders: A Review of Available Resources. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2010, vol.39, suppl.1, pp.279s-287s. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: Online interventions are one of the many treatment options available for patients with substance use disorders and other psychiatric conditions. However, its usefulness has been widely questioned due to a lack of rigorous scientific research. Objective: To review and discuss the literature about online resources and interventions for substance use disorders. Methods: Systematic search of literature on online resources and interventions related to substance use disorders. Results: There are many sources of information for the general public, but the quality of information available is not always appropriate. There are, though in smaller numbers, interventions and online self-help programs specifically for smoking and alcoholism. However, their effectiveness has not been determined in properly designed randomized controlled trials. Conclusion: It is necessary to evaluate the safety and efficacy of online interventions using rigorous randomized controlled trials. The results illuminate the development of comprehensive intervention strategies that may use this powerful communication tool.

Keywords : Addictive behavior; internet; intervention studies..

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