Quick Summary: Deciding to quit an addiction is easy but implementing it in your day-to-day life is challenging. Find out how a team of doctors helps addicts to conquer addiction challenges through virtual addiction treatment and empowers them to live a substance-free life.
For most people, who are engaged in substance addiction, it becomes challenging to quit it even after recognizing its adverse effect on their life, and health.
Though there are multiple traditional approaches available to treat drug addiction, it’s difficult to find and adapt the most convenient, guaranteed, and cost-saving option. This is the reason why most people suffer as they do not get access to evidence-based treatment.
Yusuf Sherwani, a young doctor has noticed this issue and decided to transform the idea of remote care for addiction treatment into reality along with the other two co-founders Maroof Ahmed and Sarim Siddiqui.
Let’s know how it started and the way it works
A story behind Quit Genius- A telemedicine for addiction clinic
The founders of Quit Genius realized that the “traditional” model of addiction treatment is inefficient and this inefficiency is the main reason behind the suffering of people who are addicted. Also, most of them do not have access to evidence-based treatment.
Thus they came up with the better approach- The world’s first technology-enabled digital clinic- Quit Genius, a comprehensive solution for individuals to conquer their addiction.
How remote care for addiction treatment helps to combat addiction
Quit Genius provides services for individuals, and organizations, with a huge network of providers- Mission-driven physicians and therapists to tackle tobacco, drugs, and alcohol addiction through the virtual addiction treatment program.
The application uses CBT therapy and other proven methods to help patients overcome their addiction. The addiction care navigator in the app identifies the addiction and the combination of addictions each person has and helps to choose the right treatment based on the individual needs.
The members can book a telemedicine appointment with the physician they want, who will help them to build a treatment plan with the goals for quicker recovery.
During the treatment, the members will receive a starter pack containing a medication with a connected device to track the health improvement.
Other than above, the digital healthcare program provides access to the library of evidence-based resources for the members.
The app facilitates its members to track their addiction, and a feature to immediately connect with a recovery coach who helps them to develop strategies to tackle their carvings for addictive substances.
Moreover, the app gets smarter with the more data it receives from the members which makes their treatment more personalized and improves engagement.
Drug addiction is alarming across the globe
Drug addiction is a serious problem that affects millions of people in the world. The statistics on addiction shows that the problem is alarming.
- According to the World Drug Report 2019, 35 million people worldwide suffer from drug addiction while only 1 in 7 people receive treatment.
- World Drug report 2021 shows that cannabis potency has quadrupled in a few parts of the world over the last two decades and the percentage of young people who perceive the drug as harmful fell by nearly 40%.
- Nearly 21 million Americans have at least 1 addiction yet only 10% of them receive treatment. More than 90% of the people who are addicted have started to drink alcohol or use drugs before they turn 18.
Moreover, the rapid technological innovation has also accelerated the availability of drugs and other substances through online platforms, which is likely to increase the individual’s vulnerability to drug addiction.
Addiction is a chronic mental health disorder as it affects the normal functioning of the brain. The chemicals in the drugs and similar substances compel someone to repeatedly use the substances through its harmful effects.
Positive trends are emerging in the market to fight addiction
The COVID-19 pandemic made social distance a prime concern, but it raises the new challenge of staying physically and mentally healthy in the absence of social support networks. The restrictions force people to learn, work and socialize remotely and now it has become the new normal.
The people who are addicted or who are under the treatment have lost face-to-face therapy, as counselling and group meetings were difficult to arrange.
However, on the other hand, the rise in the use of technology in the pandemic triggered innovation in the various drug prevention and treatment services through the more convenient and flexible models such as telemedicine, and telehealth.
Telemedicine for addiction treatment along with remote counselling is increasingly accessible to the people who need it, enabling healthcare professionals to effectively reach and treat more people.
Embrace the virtual addiction treatment during and post-pandemic with telemedicine
The adoption of telemedicine for addiction treatment in public health and care delivery is still limited. There is huge scope for improvement in the telemedicine service in both developed and developing countries.
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