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Social Influence, Addictions and the Internet: The Potential of Web 2.0 Technologies in Enhancing Treatment for Alcohol/Other Drug use Problems

Mark Deady1, Frances Kay-Lambkin1*, Louise Thornton2, Amanda Baker2 and Maree Teesson1

1National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia

2Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Newcastle, Australia

*Corresponding Author:
Frances Kay-Lambkin
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
University of New South Wales, Australia
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Received May 31, 2012; Accepted July 06, 2012; Published July 10, 2012

Citation: Deady M, Kay-Lambkin F, Thornton L, Baker A, Teesson M (2012) Social Influence, Addictions and the Internet: The Potential of Web 2.0 Technologies in Enhancing Treatment for Alcohol/Other Drug use Problems. J Addict Res Ther S8:002. doi:10.4172/2155-6105.S8-002

Copyright: © 2012 Deady M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

The past decade has seen the proliferation of e-health applications across disease categories. With the emergence of the next generation of Internet-based applications, Web 2.0, there are increasing opportunities for integrating these technologies into treatment approaches for alcohol/other drug use problems, in a way that engages and empowers like never before. No evidence currently exists to demonstrate the benefits of Web 2.0 applications, such as social networking and social media, on alcohol/other drug use problems. However, social learning and influence theories point to the possible mechanisms of action and effectiveness. More research is urgently required to examine the potential of Web 2.0 applications on alcohol/other drug use problems.

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