CHESS Health introduces a Spanish-language edition of its Successful Connections app, which supports substance use disorder treatment and recovery

Conexiones provides special support for Latin American communities

Rochester, N.Y., Oct. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CHESS Health, the leading provider of evidence-based digital health solutions addressing the individual and community crisis of substance use disorder (SUD), today announced the launch of Conexiones ―the Spanish-language edition of the Connections app for smartphones. With Conexiones, people in Latino, Latino (a/o), Latino communities have direct access to personalized recovery support resources to complement SUD treatment at any time of the day or night.

“CHESS Health aims to increase support for every individual with SUD, wherever they are, and improve overall outcomes,” said Hans Morefield, CEO of CHESS Health. “A key aspect of the Conexiones app is based on peer-reviewed research that demonstrates the lasting effect of ‘connectedness’ on long-term SUD recovery by reducing feelings of isolation that can contribute to relapse. We are extremely proud to offer Hispanic individuals a safe, supportive community of peers where viable opportunities have not existed before.”

Conexiones is based on CHESS Health’s original Connections app, which uniquely combines digital recovery tools with compassionate peer support. The app has been shown to help people maintain long periods of abstinence, improve patient retention, reduce the risk of relapse and lead to savings in care costs. The new Conexiones app provides the same evidence-based features available in the original app while addressing certain challenges commonly encountered by members of Latino communities.

“Collective experiences are essential to healing from SUDs,” said Dr. Anna Lee, DSW, MSW, LCSW, director of innovation at Social Model Recovery Systems, one of the early adopters of the Conexiones app. “By providing Conexiones, we provide our Spanish-speaking participants with culturally appropriate resources and support. These are critical components that will improve their recovery experience while reducing the treatment disparities that exist today.”

The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 7.1 percent of Hispanic Americans have a substance use disorder and 3 percent of Hispanic Americans have an illicit drug use disorder. Although these rates are not significantly different from the general US population, there is a difference when it comes to treatment. Studies show that Hispanics have less access to SUD treatment and have to wait longer to access such services compared to non-Hispanics. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 91 percent of Latinos are unable to receive SUD treatment in a specialized facility.

CHESS Health partners with healthcare providers, community organizations, state and local governments and health plans to deliver the Conexiones and Connections apps to help increase access to patient-centered care. At the core of these apps is a team of certified peer recovery support professionals—all experienced—who moderate online discussion groups and provide one-on-one support for individuals who may feel at risk of relapse. In addition to live support, the app includes daily motivations, digital cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) programs, sobriety and recovery tracking, journaling, educational content, and appointment reminders.

The new Conexiones app offers culturally appropriate content and peer support from native Spanish speakers; strategies to support special or high-risk populations, such as those with co-occurring mental disorders, pregnant women, parents and carers; and persons in need of vocational and social support, including immigration. The app is designed to help patients strengthen their recovery between visits, provide confidential support that extends beyond traditional therapy, help reduce isolation while building confidence and motivation, and provide a clear path to follow recovery time, with confirmatory checkpoints.

“Conexiones represents an important component in the CHESS Health suite of solutions that spans the entire lifecycle of SUD management—from prevention and intervention to treatment and recovery,” Morefield said. “Together, we can break down stigma, break down barriers, and support every individual with SUD in finding their path to long-term recovery.”

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About CHESS Health

CHESS Health is the leading provider of evidence-based digital health solutions addressing the individual and community crisis of substance use disorder (SUD). Solutions are offered in partnership with health care providers, community organizations, state and local governments, and health plans. The CHESS Health platform spans the entire life cycle of SUD management—from prevention and intervention to treatment and recovery—and has been shown to achieve higher abstinence rates, reduce relapse risk, and lower overall costs of care. Through CHESS Health’s current partnerships, statewide initiatives have been implemented in New Mexico, Oklahoma and West Virginia. For more information, visit www.chess.health.

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