Instead of reaching for a drink or a drug, people suffering from addictions now can turn to their smartphones and the Addicaid app, which uses a combination of adaptive artificial intelligence, machine learning and clinical research to help keep people on the road to recovery.
The Addicaid mobile app is designed to help people with a variety of addictions, ranging from alcohol and drugs to gambling and pornography,according to an article in CNN<. The combination of technologies allows Addicaid to deliver a personalized experience for users. The app gathers information from users and analyzes that data to predict when people might on the verge of relapsing into additive behavior.
The company said its analytics engine helps it to uncover critical information on the causes and effects of addiction. The app’s features are designed to promote user adherence to a continuum of care and to improve outcomes by measuring the impact of treatment.
“I’d characterize (our technology) as multi-feedback-driven, adaptive AI,” said Sam Frons, founder and CEO of New York-based Addicaid, in emailed comments. She added that the Addicaid employs sentiment analysis as one of its elements, although it’s not the app’s defining feature.
Addicaid gathers information about users and guides their recovery through several processes. First, the app engages in users in an intake assessment to learn about their treatment history, their current situation and other possible disorders. Addicaid then has users engage in daily activities that cultivate their own unique coping strategies.
Based on the information that users enter and their choice of words, Addicaid can predict when people might be at risk of relapsing into addictive behaviors.
The company said its solution provides an alternative to conventional 12-step models for addiction that rely on abstinence, spirituality and anonymity. Addicaid noted there are 23.5 million addiction disorders in the US, but only 0.5 percent of those who seek treatment maintain their recovery. The company’s website criticizes treatment centers for not measuring success rates and continuing to adhere to the 12-step program, which it described as “invalidated.”
In contrast, Addicaid contends it improves outcomes by measuring treatment impact. The company also notes that its app was developed by a team that includes recovering addicts, product designers and addiction experts.
Frons describes herself as a “recoverer,” and openly discusses how her own addiction issues gave her the insights needed to establish Addicaid.
Addicaid is now available for free on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
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