Funding awarded will support development of cutting edge technology to help individuals achieve their addiction recovery goals.
The statistics on the opioid crisis are startling. But in designing preventative solutions for addiction the best place to start is often not with numbers but with stories. By listening to people share their personal, raw accounts of addiction we build empathy that unlocks all sorts of insights.
Our programs address a wide variety of addictive behaviors, but substance use is the one employers tend to approach us about. This isn’t necessarily because it’s the biggest challenge they face, but because there is more awareness and understanding of it compared to other addictive behaviors.
Add this to your list of reasons why pets are the best: research has found they can majorly benefit our health overall and specifically when it comes to addiction.
We identified synergies between different therapeutic modalities in our previous exploration of beautiful blends. But what about non-clinically based options? Where do they fit in with evidence-based practices? The subject can spark heated debate, with people understandably passionate and protective when it comes to the solutions that have worked for them.
“I’m calling for a cultural change in how we think about addiction. For far too long people have thought about addiction as a character flaw or a moral failing. Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain and it’s one that we have to treat the way we would any other chronic illness: with skill, with compassion and with urgency.”
The costs of prescription opioid abuse to employers are as great as $18 billion per year.
Knowledge is power. It’s a trite but true slogan, and especially applicable to the prescription painkiller epidemic; millions of Americans have inadvertently walked into opioid dependencies and addictions via legal prescriptions because they were unaware of the risks or ill-prepared to handle them.
What is "internet addiction"? A bit of a misnomer, to start. Back when it was first noticed that people were having issues with internet usage resembling offline behavioral addictions, expert opinion branched into two: either the internet itself was addictive in nature, or it was serving as a facilitator for actual addictive behaviors (many of which can also be found offline, like gambling or shopping). To date, the latter explanation has garnered the most research support.1
The digital health world is so abuzz with hype about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), you’d think it was a brand new, end-all solution. Nope to both counts! To the first, CBT is hardly new; dedicated researchers and health professionals have spent years pioneering and refining it. Second, it’s not a panacea – though it is one of the most broadly effective evidence-based practices (and arguably the most easily digitized and scaled).