Technology is everywhere. What this team constantly argues is the necessity of solutions, specially mobile apps, with social health impact. That is what we strive to do, in fact, other projects that we have worked on are related to suicide prevention, cancer patients therapies and obesity.
By being a multi-culture team, we find differences and similarities in our culture backgrounds. One unfortunate similarity is the abuse of illegal drugs and the vast damage they cause in society.
What it does
The Opium Recovery app helps patients in medication assisted treatment for opiate drugs addiction recovery. With the use of motivations, trigger identification, relapse capture and education materials, this app helps the user persevere in the addiction recovery process.
How we built it
As a distributed team, we used a series of technologies to allow our remote collaboration such as Invision, Github and Slack.
Challenges we ran into
One big challenge were the limitations on the competition rules. The fact that certain information is not allowed to be retrieved or managed within the app directly affects the availability of the features that can be offered. For example, it was our team desire to implement wearable technologies for the app.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We feel particularly proud of our remote collaboration. Additionally, regardless of the result of this competition we want to promote this app on healthcare centers, government and private drug addiction treatment institutions.
What we learned
We learned a lot about the recovery process. Without coming from medical backgrounds, we have a very solid understanding of the medication and treatment options for drug addiction. This is actually another point we are very proud of not only for this projects, but for every project we work on we learn about areas beyond our expertise.
What's next for Opium Recovery App
We really are waiting for a positive outcome on this competition in order to continue with the project. That is, polish our UI, increase the set of features and conduct more user testing. However, as I said before, we will do this regardless of the results of this competition.
List of features
The Opium Recovery app is a tool to help users in medication assisted treatment for opiate drugs addiction recovery. With the use of motivations, trigger identification, relapse capture and education materials, this app helps the user persevere in the addiction recovery process.
The home screen includes the user’s motivations, days progress in their treatment and points.
It also offers quick links to log symptoms, log a relapse and make an emergency call.
This screen is related to an overview of insights 2, 3, 4 and 5, on time management, relapse prevention, motivations and activities.
Education > Articles view:
A series of relevant articles, backed by the documentation provided is included as a reference. The user can track progress of the articles he or she has read.
Education > FAQs view:
Similarly, the most common questions are presented in a user-friendly format, for easy access. External links are provided for more information.
These two screens are tightly related to insights 1 and 2 on drugs information, side effects, interactions and diverse education materials.
In order to encourage proper time management and keep their schedule on track, the schedule view offers the user a simple way to add and track their appointments and activities.
These features are strongly related to insights 2 and 5.
The most important symptoms to the different medication options were reviewed and on this screen, users can select the symptoms they have experienced to better understand their recovery process.
Insight 1 and the medication’s symptoms and side effects are reinforced on this view.
This includes the detail information of the user’s treatment. Here, users can also add and review motivations, triggers and relapses in order to learn about their own process of recovery.
Also, after a user reaches 1,000 points, he becomes a “Godfather” and can perform other tasks such as organizing an activity and add public motivators.
These features are tightly related to insights 3, 4, and 5 for the group activities, relapse prevention and MAT maintenance.