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Addicaid: Addiction wellness platform for patients, payors, and providers.

Addicaid enhances current treatment protocols with predictive analytics and reduces relapses with personalized, peer-supported curriculums.

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Name of applicant

Sam Frons

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Organization name


Financial structure of organization (choose one)

  • For profit

City, State, Country of organizational headquarters

New York, NY, USA

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Names, titles and affiliations of teammates

Ryan Wilhelm, co-founder
Amine Ben Romdhane, co-founder
Ruby Mehta, LCSW (Wharton, Realization center, NYU School of Social Work)
Brie Wildau, LCSW (Comcast, Wesleyan)
Charlie Garland (NASA, Tuck school of business, HITLab)
Thomas Irwin, Phd (Mclean hospital)

Who is the primary purchaser of your innovation? (choose one)

  • Providers

In which care setting will your innovation primarily be used? (choose one)

  • Other

If you answered "other" or "multiple" to the previous question, please describe.

Addiction treatment centers

How would you characterize your innovation? (choose one)

  • Product or service innovation (i.e., this type of product or service does not currently exist)


Become the first technology-driven addiction-management company working across the full spectrum of disorders and full ecosystem from patient to providers


Addicaid’s mission is threefold as we seek to enable patients to find help and stay healthy, empower treatment centers to provide more effective solutions, and provide critical insights to insurance-providers.


Addiction treatment is complex and costly, and sufferers require long-term care, community support, personalized curriculums, and progress tracking to ensure sustained, verifiable recovery. These are challenging issues to monitor and difficult outcomes to measure.

We need to get more people into recovery and to stay in recovery. Of 30 million Americans struggling with addiction, less than 10% get help. Of those who do, less than 5% successfully maintain recovery.


Through self-reported information and public data, Addicaid creates custom treatment plans and matches up like-minded members to maintain accountability and provide support. Members can review their progress and receive ongoing suggestions based on their activity to make the most of their treatment.

Addicaid analyzes active and passive data to become increasingly effective for a diverse user base with the help of machine learning. Our unique combination of metrics will ultimately help reveal the root causes of addiction and identify the best methods for different disorder profiles.


The Addicaid MVP consisting of CBT-based goals with peer support, news, and meeting listings has 20,000 downloads just from App Store search. Our users are raving about Addicaid with superlatives. We are a top three addiction app in iTunes.

Solution validation

Studies show that most people recover by attending meetings and entering a community, getting professional help, and setting goals. Academic papers consistently reinforce the positive impact of online-based, self-directed methods of treating substance abuse disorders. Digital therapeutics, specifically online CBT,  has a 65% retention rate. By translating these services into an enjoyable, easy-to-use, beautifully designed technology platform, Addicaid creates unique value that can benefit society by reducing healthcare costs, crime, poverty, fatalities, and unemployment all by reducing the rate of relapse. As a result, we can prevent the pain families and friends endure from losing loved ones.


Our target population’s lives will not only improve, they will actually be saved. People who need help but are opposed to current treatment models will have an alternative that caters to their unique needs so they can stay sober with a treatment that’s right for them. Chronic relapsers have the vital continuum of care and encouragement so they can maintain their recovery.

Our impact is measured by user retention, relapse rates, and overall adoption.

Impact: Describe the value proposition of your innovation. How will this approach improve health care delivery? (200 words)

Addicaid provides clear, action-oriented insights that measure patient engagement, identify real-time strategies for cost-inefficiencies, reduce recidivism, improve patient experience and clinical outcomes.
Benefit breakdown:
Inpatient/outpatient treatment centers
Maintain engagement with patient alumni via simple, automated follow up and progress tracking.
Identify high-risk individuals by seeing their engagement levels, urge to use reports, and usage patterns. This automated process allow counselors to better allocate their time.
Increase referrals with an engaged alumni network and increased success rates validated by robust data insights.
Addicaid referrals provide a course of action for drug and alcohol-related ER visits. There is presently no recourse for these instances.
Identify cost-effective treatment protocols for chronic relapsers by automating utilization management protocols.
Introduce effective pharmacological treatment for comorbid cases (doubles as a benefit for pharmaceutical companies)
Lower absenteeism due to addiction thereby increasing employee productivity.
Strengthen EAP programs and appeal to wider audience.

Evidence: What data do you have to illustrate that your solution works? The more specific, the better. Please share any non-proprietary results including cost savings, improved outcomes, patient satisfaction, etc. (300 words)

Addicaid data
23% retention after 30 days (vs 2% for general healthcare apps)
42% responded ‘Yes’ to “Did Addicaid help you avoid relapse?”
68% responded ‘Yes’ to “Is Addicaid helpful in your recovery?”

Computer-based treatment of cognitive behavioral therapy efficacy
60% of patients sober after 1 year (vs <5% for 12-step model)

Cost savings of addiction treatment
 $8.87 benefit for every $1 invested in therapeutic community programs

Dissemination: Describe your scale up plan including your target market and 2-4 milestones for the coming year. What are the biggest hurdles to dissemination and how do you plan to overcome these obstacles? (400 words)

Distribution strategy
Treatment facilities, healthcare professionals, sober/halfway houses, & support groups are our primary distribution outlets (~5m annual patient churn). Promotion on popular recovery websites with millions of visitors (http://aa.org, http://addiction.com, etc) will introduce Addicaid to people who are already seeking help or in the midst of recovery.

Customizing program to maintain retention and maximize efficacy for different comorbidities and situational challenges of recovery (i.e physical abuse trauma, expectant mothers in recovery, mood disorders).

Conjoining Addicaid data insights with previous studies so we can form a clear picture of how different patient profiles experience addiction and what they value most in their recovery.

-4 enterprise customers
-2000 premium members
-10,000 daily active users
-Disorder specific curriculums for alcohol, opioids (pain management vs. recreational origins), cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana, crystal meth, nicotine, porn, gambling, and overeating.


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