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IANA Health to Launch One-Stop-Shop Opioid Support Platform to Provide Easy Access to Resources, Clinicians, and Support
Offers a Comprehensive Site to Address Opioid, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Substance Use Dependence and Addiction
Bethesda, MD – May 01, 2018 – IANA Health, LLC is launching a full-service online platform for individuals, families, caregivers, and health professionals to address opioid, alcohol, and other substance use dependencies and addictions. The web-based offering will serve as a clearinghouse for information, tools, and support resources and facilitate connecting with counselors, psychologists, and other behavioral health specialists locally or online via telehealth.
IANA Health notes that the three main barriers to receiving treatment and care—namely stigma, access, and cost that the current opioid crisis highlights—can be overcome with empathy, knowledge, and practical solutions. Equally important are prevention and education starting in childhood and the teen years and emphasizing alternative pain management therapies.
The concept of IANA, which stands for “I Am Not Alone,” is an acknowledgment that life happens to everyone and each and every one of us face physical or emotional burdens of varying degrees. As far as substance misuse, addiction is now scientifically accepted to be a disease not a personal failure. With over 20 million people in the US experiencing a substance use disorder in 2016—including 2.1 million people with an opioid use disorder—and only one in ten currently getting treatment, the need to remove the barriers of stigma, access, and cost has never been greater.
The IANA Health platform will be available to individuals, families, caregivers, and health professionals across the US. Recognizing that insurance coverage and out-of-pocket expenses for behavioral health services vary widely, IANA Health aims to offer cost-effective alternatives through partnerships with payers and providers. For more information visit www.ianahealth.com.
About IANA Health, LLC
IANA Health, LLC is a healthcare technology-enabled services company based in Bethesda, Maryland that offers a one-stop shop platform to address opioid, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug substance use disorders and addictions. The IANA site serves as a clearinghouse for information, tools, and support groups. The platform facilitates access to SAMHSA-certified opioid treatment programs and buprenorphine prescribers, as well as counselors, therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists, either in person or online. The organization aims to address the affordability aspect of accessing behavioral health clinicians by working with healthcare payers and telehealth providers to offer cost-effective solutions.
IANA Health summarizes its approach as follows: science has shown us that substance use disorders are just like any other chronic disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure. With evidence-based treatment approaches, opioid, alcohol and other substance dependencies can be well managed. Equally or more important is also to focus on prevention. There is no reason for those of us currently, or who could be, affected by this chronic disease not to live full, contented lives. Helping each of us accomplish this, while reminding each of us that “I Am Not Alone,” is why IANA exists.