Is it effective? The short answer is yes. Participants using this app significantly reduced their alcohol-related problems, increased their rates of abstinence, and decreased their drinking on days when they did drink.
The details: We evaluated the effectiveness of this app and SMART Recovery in a randomized clinical trial with 189 heavy drinkers who were new to SMART Recovery. The study was funded by NIH/NIAAA.
Our paper reporting the 3 month outcomes was published in July, 2013 Journal of Medical Internet Research. Click here for free access to the paper online. We are currently writing a second paper reporting the 6 month outcomes for the Journal and will post a link to it here too when it is published.
Here is a YouTube video of a presentation of the results at SMART Recovery's National Meeting in October, 2013.