More than 72,000 people in the U.S. are thought to have died in 2017 from drug overdoses — nearly 200 a day, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Joyce Johnson, nurse practitioner and director of clinical services at Intensive Health, said oftentimes people don’t seek treatment because of the stigma around addiction. Issues include the shame people feel in admitting and dealing with their addiction, fear of being judged, fear of withdrawal, fear of change, expense of treatment and health care providers and occupational implications.
Johnson said Stepworks’ new app, Recovering(me), can help combat this hesitancy. The app is designed for those with substance-induced addictions, behavioral addictions and for family members of those with addictions.
The app combines addiction education, community and support.
“Ten percent of the population suffers from addiction, 90 percent of those do not get help. As a company, we wanted to remove the barriers to treatment and provide everyone with access to accessible and quality recovery tools that they could access 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Drew Ingram, chief operating officer for Stepworks Recovery Centers in Elizabethtown.
The app is available through two subscription tiers: Recovering(me) Basic and Recovering(me) Plus.
The basic version provides access to all the core features of the platform, including the dashboard, recovery courses, online support groups and a community forum. The Recovering(me) Plus subscription gives the client everything in the basic subscription plus a dedicated recovery coach.
According to a news release from the company, recovery coaches have been trained to support persons in recovery and family members who have persons in recovery. This support includes providing additional addiction education materials, helping the subscriber complete their Recovering(me) Plan, and serving as a liaison who may be able to provide guidance to seeking community and other professional resources available in the client’s area.
Johnson, who has been piloting the Recovering(me) app with her patients said it offers clients with another tool in their recovery toolbox.
“It provides evidence-based education that is easy to understand and relevant to what’s happening as they move through the stages of recovery,” she said. “It gives my patients another avenue to create a sober community and to interact with their healthcare and recovery team in a way that is easy and more in tune with the way we use technology in our daily lives.”
Recovering(me) will be having a launch event at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lyric Theater, 300 E. Third St, Lexington. At the event, guests will be able to view the product and features, sign up for the program and ask questions about the product and services. The event is open to the public, but guests must register at www.stepworks.com/innovations-event/.