In 2014, Robin McIntosh and Lisa McLaughlin were tired of watching friends fall through the cracks of traditional addiction treatments.
Both women were in long-term addiction recovery themselves. They saw leaps and bounds being made in medical tech, as everything from diabetes to first aid was being developed electronically. You could take your pulse on an app, or order alcohol to be delivered to your door from your phone, but addiction treatment? Finding that was still a slog through endless phone numbers and Google searches, a battle with insurance companies, or a number on a waitlist.
It is a lot easier to get drugs or alcohol than it is to get addiction treatment.
Robin and Lisa are some of the the lucky few who found long-term recovery from addiction in America. An estimated 1 in 10 people don't receive treatment for addiction. And they saw this firsthand in 12-step meetings. Stay in recovery long enough, the saying goes, and you go to a lot of weddings, and a lot of funerals.
Their careers were thriving: Robin had a gift for beautiful design and Lisa worked to make resources open and accessible via the internet, but they were both part of a recovery world which was built out largely in the 1930's. It felt one-size-fits-all in a modern, incredibly personalized 21st century. Rehab was the accepted solution for those struggling with addiction, but was impossible for many. And the bills coming out of rehabs were enough to make anyone want to start a revolution.
At that point, both Robin and Lisa had been in recovery for more than 10 years, and they decided to put everything they knew, understood, and experienced about addiction and recovery into finding a solution. They wanted to built the recovery experience they wished they had when they got sober. Affordable. Accessible. Non-judgmental.
Enter Workit Health. Built by addicts, and backed by experts.
In a world that lacks simple, patient-centered, and evidence-based addiction care, Workit breaks down barriers as fast as anyone can build them. Workit Health offers an online program to help moderate or quit addiction, that can be done from anywhere. Take an exercise and message your counselor while you wait for the kids in the pickup lane at the elementary school. On your lunch break at work, login and have a video chat with your doctor.
Addiction is everywhere, so we are too.
Workit Health now offers medication-assisted treatment at Workit Clinic, physical locations dedicated to taking on the opioid crisis through telehealth treatment, harm reduction, and quick access to care, in California and Michigan. Workit Coach, our peer recovery coaching program with access to science-backed and evidence-based online lessons, is available all over the U.S.
In 2017, Workit Health received B Corporation status, to solidify Robin and Lisa's original mission to do social good through business.
Workit Health also received national accreditation from the Joint Commission in 2017, solidifying online treatment as a comparable alternative to brick and mortar outpatient.
As we all wait and see what the Trump administration chooses to do in the face of the opioid crisis, Workit Health offers a different way forward. Let's build the world we need to survive, and thrive.