Relapse Prevention: There’s an App for That

By The Fix staff 03/27/17

JourneyPure is challenging the status quo of chronic relapse with their unique JourneyPure Coaching™ app aimed at gamifying aftercare for lifelong sobriety.

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Patients who seek residential addiction recovery services relapse at an alarming rate of 60% in the first 30 days post-treatment.* It’s a sobering statistic that Tennessee-based addiction treatment provider JourneyPure can’t accept. That’s why they created an aftercare system featuring their exclusive app, JourneyPure Coaching™, to tackle the problem of chronic relapse with continued connection and care.

Over the past 10 years, Nashville has become a hotbed of healthcare innovation, so it’s no surprise that addiction treatment pioneers JourneyPure would choose Music City as home base. Their flagship facility, JourneyPure At The River, is a world-class 70-bed addiction treatment center that sits on 127 acres just south of Nashville. They are challenging the status quo of chronic relapse with their unique JourneyPure Coaching™ app aimed at gamifying aftercare for lifelong sobriety. By combining cutting edge technology with unparalleled clinical services and luxurious accommodations, JourneyPure At The River is setting the new standard for addiction treatment in the Southeast.

JourneyPure Coaching App

JourneyPure’s founders understand that addiction is a chronic illness deserving of a long-term solution. Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Brian Wind, developed the JourneyPure Coaching™ app to address a pivotal gap in the addiction treatment process: aftercare. Upon completing inpatient treatment at JourneyPure, each patient is assigned a personal recovery coach. The coach develops an individualized aftercare plan within the app to assist patients as they transition back into everyday life. This process can include identifying a local therapist and finding Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings for them to attend. The recovery coach also sets goals based on the three pillars of health: sleep, nutrition and exercise. Every day, the JourneyPure Coaching™ app prompts the patient to check in and mark off completed daily recovery goals. Miss an AA meeting? The app will alert your recovery coach who will in turn reach out to make sure you’re okay. JourneyPure believes this level of connection is what truly makes the difference between relapse and recovery.

Three Pillars of Health

As a core principle of their programming, JourneyPure At The River emphasizes the three pillars of health: nutrition, exercise, and sleep. They believe that by addressing all aspects of a patient’s life, they can set a stage for long-term recovery success.


Professional dietitians design customized meal plans for each patient featuring whole, natural foods to support holistic healing from the inside out. A healthy, nourishing diet helps build a solid foundation for self-care that serves patients long after they leave.


The second cornerstone of healthy living is exercise. Research shows that physical activity can have a powerful effect on a person’s mood as well as disorders such as anxiety and depression. In response to years of neglecting their physical health, patients will receive the support they need to develop restorative new habits.


Establishing healthy sleep patterns is a critical component of sustaining the well-being of each patient and therefore a top priority at JourneyPure At The River. According to SAMHSA, “Sleep loss can have significant negative effects on the physical, mental and emotional well-being of people in recovery. It can also interfere with substance abuse treatment. Persistent sleep complaints after withdrawal are associated with relapse to alcohol [and drug] use.”

Experiential Therapy

JourneyPure At The River also offers a holistic approach to healing through an array of unique experiential programs. Patients are invited to explore music, art, and other creative activities.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is a powerful recovery tool that can include everything from dancing and performing to listening to a favorite song. As a nod to their Music City roots, JourneyPure At The River even offers a unique songwriting therapy program.

Equine Therapy

Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) boosts trust, self-esteem, and self-confidence. By studying these intuitive animals under the guidance of JourneyPure’s highly trained clinicians and staff, patients develop invaluable communication and problem-solving skills.

Art Therapy

Art therapy encourages soul searching, introspection, and healing. JourneyPure At The River offers patients the creative freedom to draw on their personal experiences in order to express themselves in a non-judgmental way.

Adventure Therapy

Adventure therapy involves undertaking physical challenges in order to develop the necessary skills to tackle post-treatment obstacles. While building endurance, stamina, strength, and determination, patients begin to work towards physical and emotional recovery by healing the body.

For a full list of JourneyPure services including residential detox, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and their professional men and women’s treatment tracks, go to JourneyPure’s admissions team is available 24/7 at 888-601-0982 to assist anyone interested in addiction treatment that really works.

* Treatment Outcomes: Substance Use at One and Six Months; Foundations Recovery Network, July 2009

About JourneyPure: The mission of the JourneyPure family of treatment facilities is to assist each patient in recovery from addictive behaviors, substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders by utilizing a truly integrated treatment model. With exceptional clinical services, JourneyPure provides a full continuum of care focused on relapse prevention and long-term recovery.

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