Daily Dose creates better outcomes for recovering addicts, their loved ones, and providers of addiction treatment by using technology to make it easier to benefit from supportive human connections, to reduce relapses and to power sustained sobriety.
Founder and technologist Mike Klingen began exploring the best tools and methods for maintaining sobriety during his own recovery journey. Given the 70% relapse rate in the U.S. for alcohol use disorder (AUD), Mike thought about ways technology could help recovering addicts stay sober by creating better human connections, establishing more accountability, and rebuilding trust with the people most invested in their recovery.
Recovering addicts, their loved ones, and treatment providers mutually seek lasting sobriety and recovery after a treatment program ends, however, a 70% relapse rate shows hope by itself is not the answer. Daily Dose’s interviews of recovering addicts, those invested in their recovery, and treatment centers revealed a common theme:
Recovering addicts and those invested in their recovery often lack the mix of confidence, structure, tools, and resources needed to rebuild trust and make sustained recovery a reality.
For treatment providers, many define success as the percentage of patients completing their program. Post-program patient sobriety maintenance, when measured at all, is often handled by optional e-mail surveys. This is short-sighted as a measure of success and, insurance and payors are increasingly demanding more detailed program outcome data such as long-term sobriety maintenance as relapsing addicts return over and over for additional expensive program stays.
The Daily Dose patent pending recovery platform provides recovering addicts a simple way to recovery through a smartphone-based support system that prompts users to complete a mix of universal and addiction-specific daily recovery activities. For example, the smartphone app might guide recovering addicts to begin the day by checking in to a twelve-step meeting, then spending fifteen minutes journaling. Later that morning there may be a prompt to complete a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) check, or a DNA authenticated urine test. How is this any different than a to-do-list? Every time a recovering addict completes an activity, it is announced to the people invested in their recovery such as family, friends, sponsors, and healthcare providers. These people make up the recovering addict’s Circle-of-Trust.
The Circle-of-Trust component of the system has a familiar social media-style newsfeed that updates every time the recovering addict works their plan. Circle-of-Trust members can offer encouragement by responding and “liking” the recovering addict’s activities. The recovering addict sees these responses in their own newsfeed, letting them know the Circle-of-Trust sees their progress. Using the smartphone’s geo-fencing technology, the Circle-of-Trust receives warnings if the recovering addict ventures out to dangerous locations, such as past frequented drinking bars, or fails a substance use test. This enables the Circle-of-Trust to intervene and help at the first sign of a potential relapse. Treatment providers receive in-depth data about all recovering addict activity including adherence to a treatment plan, sobriety, and Circle-of-Trust engagement. Further, this gives treatment providers data to more accurately quantify program success and to continuously improve treatment approaches based on evidence-based data.
While Daily Dose helps improve outcomes for all types of addiction, substance abuse in the U.S. is our first target market. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency reports 23.5 million Americans suffer from substance addiction. Annually, only 2.6 million (11%) of them seek help at the more than 14,000 U.S. addiction treatment centers. Treatment center programs cost between $4K-60K per month, making this a $42 billion dollar a year industry in the U.S. Even with all of this money spent on recovery programs, relapse rates still exceed 70%.