Drug Addiction iPhone app needs a bit of rehab

Nov 3, 2009
Health

Michael Quach (see the Appolicious review for Cancers) has developed a wide range of attention-grabbing applications with medical uses, including one called “Brain & Nerves” and another that defines kidney diseases. He also has an app that will help you Asian food, too. But assuming you have a more serious jones than moo goo gai […]

Michael Quach (see the Appolicious review for Cancers) has developed a wide range of attention-grabbing applications with medical uses, including one called “Brain & Nerves” and another that defines kidney diseases. He also has an app that will help you Asian food, too.

But assuming you have a more serious jones than moo goo gai pan, the Drug Addiction app (free) can help you put a name to it, define its symptoms and learn more about the complications that result. The content runs a bit skimpy in terms of quantity — only 20 addictions are listed, when surely many more exist — and Quach runs these annoying banner ads on the bottom of the screen that continually change. I’m not about to buy black electrical tape for my iPhone a la the timer clock on my VCR.

As with the Cancers app, experienced doctors might find the material here a bit elementary, but substance abuse counselors, nurses and those who work with the addicted will find it a boon. Note that you must be 17 years old to download the app, but even a teenager will tell you that an app like this could greatly, greatly benefit users by providing information on substance abuse help. But this is the 1.0 version, so updates will (and should) hopefully correct that oversight. 

Right now, you can only look up text on addiction; statistics, pictures and medical diagrams might make this app more worth your time. Like Cancers, it only takes up .5 MB, so it’s hard to imagine how you might go wrong downloading this to your phone. Just don’t expect too much, and trust us: There’s nothing here to get you hooked on this app.

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Lou Carlozo

Former Chicago Tribune DVD columnist, current music critic at Christian Century, paid blogger/columnist for AOL's WalletPop and True/Slant ... but most important, a proud owner of an iPhone 3Gs and one of the first in Chicago to own a duo-core MacBook Pro laptop. Flash back 30 years; my first computer ever in 1979: an Apple II.

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