“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, and a directory of mental health professionals..
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.