SMS Text Messaging for Substance Use

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Substance UseSMS Text Messaging - Behavioral
13 - 18
All Sexes
What conditions do you have?

Study Summary

This trial will test whether sending text messages can help young people with substance abuse or mental health issues stay on track with their treatment.

Eligible Conditions
  • Substance Use

Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

1 Primary · 1 Secondary · Reporting Duration: 180 days post baseline

180 days post baseline
Alcohol use
Characteristics of Communication and Interaction with Probation Officers and Treatment Providers
Drug Use
Drug use
First treatment session initiation
Psychiatric symptoms
Therapeutic Alliance
Treatment Motivation
Treatment session attendance
90 days post baseline
Number of SMS messages opened
Number of SMS messages read
Response rate to SMS messages

Trial Safety

Trial Design

3 Treatment Groups

Standard of care engagement practices
1 of 3
Standard of Care Engagement Practices
1 of 3
SMS Text Messaging
1 of 3

Active Control

Experimental Treatment

162 Total Participants · 3 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: SMS Text Messaging · No Placebo Group · N/A

SMS Text Messaging
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: SMS Text Messaging · Intervention Types: Behavioral
Standard of care engagement practicesActiveComparator Group · 1 Intervention: Standard of care engagement practices · Intervention Types:
Standard of Care Engagement Practices
ActiveComparator Group · 1 Intervention: Standard of Care Engagement Practices · Intervention Types: Behavioral

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 180 days post baseline

Who is running the clinical trial?

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)NIH
2,247 Previous Clinical Trials
5,619,332 Total Patients Enrolled
53 Trials studying Substance Use
23,112 Patients Enrolled for Substance Use
University of California, San FranciscoLead Sponsor
2,283 Previous Clinical Trials
11,577,493 Total Patients Enrolled
5 Trials studying Substance Use
2,192 Patients Enrolled for Substance Use
Marina Tolou-Shams, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorUniversity of California, San Francisco
2 Previous Clinical Trials
420 Total Patients Enrolled

Eligibility Criteria

Age 13 - 18 · All Participants · 6 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “Yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You are willing to send and receive text messages.\n