Sam Frons, founder, designer and developer at Addicaid
Frons opened her presentation by telling the audience that she is a recovering addict herself. While participating in group meetings and counseling, she noticed that the addiction treatment process isn’t very personalized. In order to create a more personalized platform for recovering addicts to share their experiences and find meetups catered to their needs, she created the Addicaid app. Users can create their own goals, which Frons says is important in cognitive behavioral therapy, and then other users can comment on those goals for encouragement. Finding meetups is also easy through a Google Maps function, and Frons has also integrated a Yelp-type component, where users can rate their experiences at certain groups. But the app isn’t just for those in recovery; counselors can utilize it to connect with their patients, requesting check-ins at AA meetings, for example, or send direct and group message their clients. The app even aggregates articles about addiction to de-stigmatize the recovery process, and users can share the articles within their networks.