SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) — A nonprofit treatment facility based in Portsmouth will test out new technology to help patients in drug recovery.

The Counseling Center received a $24,000 donation to fight substance abuse in southern Ohio.

Fluor-BWXT donated the money to sponsor a pilot program that uses artificial intelligence and cellphone technology to help people who are struggling with drug addiction. The program, called CASANO Case Management Technology, will use an app and “chatbot” system to keep in contact with clients.

“This program is the first-of-its-kind and has the potential to revolutionize the entire recovery process and lead to closer monitoring of individual progress and near-term behavioral improvement,” Tim Poe, of Fluor-BWXT, said.

Clients will check in with caseworkers through a custom phone app. The app also allows the center to verify a client’s location.

“The continuous interactivity of the program addresses needs and risks such as impulsivity, risk-taking, or the ability to solve problems,” a press release from Fluor-BWXT states. READ MORE: