posted by Illuminate Health
on October 28, 2019
20 million Americans suffer from a substance use disorder involving alcohol, opioids, or
illicit drugs like heroin. In the United States, more than 130 people die daily after overdosing on opioids. Midwestern states had the largest increase in opioid overdoses from July 2016 through September 2017. Illicit drug addiction costs the US economy $193B in healthcare, lost productivity, and crime. Similarly, alcohol addiction costs $249B and prescription opioids addiction costs $78.5B.
Better options for access to care are needed, especially given the stigma around addiction. Digital mobile tools are not just a good starting point, but an integral part of an overall recovery program which provides continuity in care and helps to prevent relapse. Illuminate Health has developed a mindfulness-based recovery app which not only helps patients with an evidence-based daily routine of activities, but also enables medication management – especially for patients on MAT (Medication Assisted Therapies) for opioid addiction.