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Digital technology is a constant presence in our lives. We stream music on the way to work, send emails once we get there, text our friends and family throughout the day, and log in to Netflix in the evening to relax.

Technology, of course, is a vital part of healthcare. And its role in addiction care is growing. It’s time to take notice.

A simple online course to introduce you to effective tools

The growing array of technological options to help patients with addiction is quite exciting. And what’s really exciting are the studies that show higher rates of abstinence, longer retention in treatment, and higher patient satisfaction with the use of carefully developed technological tools.

IRETA has teamed up with the National Institute on Drug Abuse to introduce you to evidence-based addiction technology. Our new online course, Electronic Tools for Use in the Continuum of Care for Patients With Addiction, provides background on four specific tools that can help you do a better job of identifying, treating, and supporting recovery from substance use disorders.

The course covers the following material:

– An introduction to the use of technology in the continuum of care for patients with substance use disorders

BSTAD, a rapid electronic screening tool for teens

CBT4CBT, a web-based cognitive behavioral therapy tool

TES, a web-based program that adjusts to patients’ cognitive level

ESQYIR, a text message-based recovery support tool for young adults

Each tool is presented with recent research supporting its effectiveness.


Who Can Take the Course?

The course available to any- and everyone! The material is particularly relevant for counselors, social workers, health professionals, educators, and those involved with Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment.

Join the Course

What better place than an online course to learn about electronic tools? To enroll, visit IRETA’s website at: http://ireta.org/electronictools/


This online course is approved for a free Certificate of Attendance, 1 NAADAC CEH, 2 Social Work CEUs, or 1 PA CADC CEU.


Visit NIDA Notes for the latest on drug misuse and addiction research: www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes

View IRETA’s other online courses, including SBIRT 101: ireta.org/improve-practice/addiction-professionals/online-courses