Addiction App Puts Support System At Fingertips

App tracks an addict’s status, provides immediate access to help

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – An innovative app developed in response to a growing number of people addicted to heroin, is putting a strong social support network in the palms of the hands of those who need it most.

“No matter what issue you are battling, a strong social support system is critical to succeeding,” said Brad Lander, an addiction medicine specialist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “The best thing about this app is not only that it’s free, but that it literally puts help at your fingertips, day or night.”

The app was developed by Brandi Spaulding, a doctoral intern. “Drugs and alcohol nearly destroyed my life as a kid, and now I’m watching heroin tear apart so many families in my hometown,” she said. “I knew I needed to do something to help.”

The app records and rewards sobriety, and offers monitoring to gauge a patient’s mood, stress level and urge to relapse. Those readings are shared with up to ten people in the addict’s support circle. In the event of an emergency, addicts can use a one-touch panic button that contacts the entire support team for instant counseling.

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Brandi Spaulding shows the app she developed while working under Brad Lander, PhD at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The free app is designed to help heroin addicts with their recovery, but Lander says it could be adapted for other addictions, one day. The app features a social support network available through text and email, virtual coins awarded for sobriety milestones and a one-touch panic button that requests immediate help in times of crisis. Details: bit.ly/1Txgewm

A new, free app is showing promise in helping people overcome addiction ranging from drugs to food to cigarettes. Developed at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the app allows people to reach up to ten supporters through email and text and, in times of crisis, through a one-touch panic button. To see how the app works and how it might help you, click here: bit.ly/1Txgewm

Brandi Spaulding shows the app she developed to help heroin addicts with their recovery. Experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say the free app is the first of its kind, allowing addicts to stay in constant contact with up to ten members of their support group at once. It tracks and shares a user`s mood, stress and temptation levels, and in case of an emergency, is able to contact all ten supporters with a one-touch panic button. Details: bit.ly/1Txgewm

Marvin Murphy, a recovering addict who now volunteers to help others overcome addiction, shows a patient a new app that puts an entire social support group at their fingertips. Experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say the free app is the first of its kind, constantly charting and sharing an addict`s status with their support group. See how it`s helping people overcome addiction: bit.ly/1Txgewm

A new app is helping addicts curb their urge to use heroin and avoid relapse. Experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say the free app is unique because it allows users to stay in constant contact with up to ten people in a social support network. The app tracks everything from stress to craving levels, and even has a one-touch panic button that will contact all ten supporters immediately during an emergency. Details here: bit.ly/1Txgewm