“Addiction is one of the biggest health crises of our time, and myths and misperceptions about this disease, how to treat it and how to live a full life in recovery abound,” said David Sack, MD, CEO of Elements Behavioral Health. On Addiction.com, a one-stop source for well-researched news, information and blogs from leading addiction and mental health experts, you’ll find listings of more than 100,000 support group meetings and 12-step alternatives, a directory of mental health professionals and a link to the free CassavaSM recovery app.
The Cassava Recovery App
Introduced in April 2015, the Cassava recovery app is easy to use and available for free on iTunes and Google Play. “We developed the Cassava app so that the millions of people working through these challenges don’t have to reach further than their cell phone or tablet to give their recovery a boost,” said Dr. Sack. This app is the next generation of iPromises, a recovery app launched by Elements Behavioral Health in 2010 that reached over 20,000 downloads and was featured in the December 2010/January 2011 edition of Inc. Magazine’s “App Time.”
Week by week, app users can identify areas in which improvement is needed, including nutrition, exercise, sleep or stress management. Regular interaction with the many app features that promote ongoing recovery boosts a user’s Sobriety Score. This unique barometer helps increase awareness of a person’s progress on the path of recovery and inspires them to stay on it. Geared towards individuals committed to making sobriety a priority, the many helpful app features include:
- Continually updated database of 100,000+ 12-step and SMART Recovery® meetings
- Sobriety calculator
- Mood tracker
- Educational articles and tools
- Daily surveys
- Recovery tips
- Personal journal
Hundreds of motivational articles and daily reflections provide insightful information about the disease of addiction. From preventing relapse to navigating tough situations, Cassava is chock full of inspiring and educational information to help you attain your goal of long-term sobriety.
A Growing Number of Health-Related Apps
In 2016, a survey indicated 259,000 health apps were available to consumers globally, a 57% increase from 2015. Although more healthcare apps have been introduced, the rate of growth of consumer downloads is slowing. Health apps now have a total of 3.2 billion downloads, a 7% increase from 3 billion downloads in 2015.
Like other health-related apps, addiction apps are not meant to be used in a vacuum, but as a complementary approach. As a comparison, the free app Calm is a stress reducer, but is certainly not meant to replace therapeutic interventions for those with anxiety disorders. Similarly, Cassava is an ideal solution for clients who completed inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment and are currently attending aftercare programs, 12-step meetings, support groups or ongoing individual psychotherapy.