S11: #105: Digital Health for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health
In 2017, approximately 19.7 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) related to their use of alcohol or illicit drugs in the past year, and an estimated 20.7 million people aged 12 or older needed substance use treatment (1).
Sky News reports that calls have doubled to a helpline designed to support children whose parents are battling alcoholism (2).
When traveling is not an option, what support and services are available to people who are battling Substance Use Disorder? In addition to the treatment and support needed to support and sustain their recovery, they are also confined in their homes and potentially dealing in close proximity to relationship, financial or work related problems.
Our guest has first hand knowledge of what it’s like to battle addiction, and, fortunately she’s turned her attention on how to improve the situation for people on their own journeys to long-term recovery.
Joining me in the health podcast studio is Daniela Tudor, who is recovering from substance use disorder. Daniela is the CEO of WeConnect Health Management. Their mission is to reverse the high relapse rate of those in their first year of recovery and over come the challenges of transitioning into long-term recovery. Daniela started the company with her co-founder Murphy Jensen, the former tennis pro and winner of the 1993 French Open Doubles title. We discuss the traditional tools, instructions and systems available for people in recovery, and how technology facilitates better solutions, experiences and outcomes, Daniela also shares how she and Murphy teamed up to start the company – it involves a ‘Bucket List’ competition and a trip to Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island.
Links and Resources:
- Connect with Daniela Tudor: Twitter | LinkedIn | TEDxBellevueWomen
- Connect with WeConnect Health Recovery: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn
- (1) https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/cbhsq-reports/NSDUHFFR2017/NSDUHFFR2017.pdf
- (2) https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-calls-to-charity-double-as-children-struggle-in-lockdown-with-alcoholic-parents-11981408
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