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A Guide to Using Text Messages to Improve Substance Use Treatment Outcomes
June 12, 2019

Introduction to the Guide

Helping individuals remain in treatment or continue to participate in recovery support services can be difficult. However, with advances in both technology and science, text messages can be used to increase engagement, enhance education about the individual’s condition, and help patients manage craving and other negative thoughts/moods. This step-by-step guide contains information for treatment and recovery support providers on how to use text messages to expand the reach of their services. An initial two-part webinar series on text messaging was offered in April 2019. Another webinar series scheduled for August 2019 will show participants how to: create messages, access text messaging software programs, and set-up text messaging delivery that aligns with treatment and recovery services. The guide can be used in conjunction with the webinar or as a stand-alone resource.

Please contact the Mountain Plains staff at if you have questions or need assistance accessing the guide using the link included on this page. Both the webinar series and guide are available at no cost as part of the Mountain Plains ATTC training/technical assistance services, funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under United States Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Scott Walters (Regents Professor and Chair of Health Behavior and Health Systems at the University of North Texas) is the author of this guide and the trainer for the webinar series.