The Dawn of Mobile-Based Treatment

By The Fix staff 09/06/17

For chronic diseases like addiction, clients need long-term monitoring and clinical follow-ups to make sure that they are staying on the right path.

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The decision to seek treatment for addiction requires a lot of self-examination and bravery. In fact, those who do decide to get help are in the minority. Data shows that one in seven Americans will struggle with addiction and substance abuse in their lifetime, though only about 11 percent of those people will actually get treatment. To make matters worse, those who get help are most likely to attend only 30 days of acute treatment before being discharged back into the world.

It is well known that addiction is a chronic disease, so what happens when 30 days isn’t enough? Surely the solution can’t be to go through acute care again? Though this seems redundant, many clients may be unsure of their options in event of a relapse. The answer lies in pursuing continuing care, though not all providers offer these services—and those that do may not do so in a systematic or effective way. Fortunately, Pelorus Health has found a possible solution to these common problems. The answer lies in mobile-based treatment.

Thirty-day inpatient programs often cost $22,000 or more, a price that most clients are likely to find prohibitive (especially if they have already attended once and failed to stay sober). For those seeking treatment for themselves or a loved one, cost is important. To keep costs low, Pelorus Health has created a mobile app which can help clients in any stage of recovery. For those who are in treatment, the app can be used to help clients hit daily goals and provide direct feedback to their treatment team. For those who have already completed primary care, the app can help clients track their moods, call out for help or set up meetings with recovery coaches.

Although it’s clear that continuing care is more likely to help patients achieve long-term sobriety than acute care alone, the question remains: what should continuing care look like? While mobile technology is sure to help drive costs down, the question of how exactly it will work is worth considering. Even more important is how these technologies will keep aftercare patients involved and active in their recovery.

Many think of technology-based aftercare as just emails from the treatment facility, irritating phone calls or surveys to fill out. Though something is better than nothing, it’s easy to see why these techniques may fail to keep alumni involved. The approach taken by Pelorus Health is different because it doesn’t seek to replace traditional methods with technology. Instead, the goal is to use technology to help clients track important recovery data every day and to connect them with recovery coaches and other addiction professionals throughout the recovery process at their convenience. After all, there is clearly no substitute for face-to-face interaction between patients and clinicians.

In light of these new discoveries about long-term recovery, those seeking treatment have a new set of questions to ask when considering where to attend. Although the 30-day inpatient program has become something of a standard in the recovery industry, is the acute care approach the only way? What kind of aftercare options and follow-up are provided for those who complete treatment? How much will it cost to stay involved in continuing care (and can I afford it)? If the facility you’re considering can’t answer these questions, it may be time to look at other options.

Addiction has long been a serious issue in the United States. Data shows that 59,000 people died of overdose deaths in 2016—the largest jump in recorded history. Although addiction science is moving slowly forward, the culture at large often takes more time to catch up to the solutions on the cutting edge. If you or a loved one are considering addiction treatment, remember that you have the right to demand that you get the care you need. For many people, that means effective continuing care at an affordable price.

For chronic diseases like addiction, clients need long-term monitoring and clinical follow-ups to make sure that they are staying on the right path. Data shows that acute care alone is not getting the job done. For those going into primary care or who have completed primary care and are looking for a recovery boost, consider Pelorus Health as a way to bridge the aftercare treatment gap. Addiction is an American epidemic and a complex problem to solve. Fortunately, with the help of modern technology and coach-driven recovery, Pelorus Health is paving the way into the future.

For more information, please visit Pelorus Health.

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