Digital Connectivity Platform for Recovering Addicts
Recovery Passport is a comprehensive online application that combines the best in modern technology with the absolute cutting-edge in addiction recovery and wellness research, and puts those powerful tools to work helping recovering addicts and the rehabilitation professionals that support them manage the ongoing recovery process.
As addicts and their allies alike know, addiction recovery is a lifelong, day-by-day process, and relapse is a very real, very powerful threat that addicts stare down every single day. Too often, what gets in the way of an addict’s continued successful recovery is isolation — the feeling that their disease cuts them off from the support networks they need to successfully stay in recovery.
At Recovery Passport, we can’t help but wonder: what would happen if, instead of being cut off, recovering addicts were plugged in? What if we equipped addicts—and the counselors, sponsors and recovery centers who work with them—with tools that facilitate communication, aid accountability, and provide a real window into the ongoing recovery process?
Recovery Passport is a SaaS (Software as a Service) application that combines evidence-based clinical tools with the very best innovations in interactive social and gaming technologies to provide the first comprehensive online rehabilitation recovery and monitoring resource for recovering addicts and rehabilitation centers alike.
For recovering addicts, Recovery Passport is a way to stay in control and fight for their own recovery and after-care.
For rehabilitation professionals, Recovery Passport is an invaluable tool for monitoring their patients’ ongoing recovery process. The app provides a behavioral record of how individual patients and targeted patient popoulations are managing their in-patient and out-patient recovery processes, so that rehabilitation professionals can use this data to ensure that they continue to provide the absolute best standard of care possible.
The Recovery Passport application is compatible with a wide range of web platforms—iOS, Android, Windows, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome and Firefox—and has over 200 features, including:
Remote monitoring, so that rehab counselors can monitor their patients’ recovery process.
Direct phone or video access between patients and counselors, so patients can get the help they need when they need it.
Social networking that helps recovering addicts share the struggles, triumphs and questions of recovery with the people that matter most to them.
A wellness library of videos, blogs, websites, chat forms and other resources to help addicts stay informed, stay motivated and stay in recovery.
Geo-location functionality that lets recovering addicts find rehab facilities, meetings and fellow recovering addicts near them when they need support.
Data collection capabilities that universities, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and medical and behavioral researchers can use to further improve society’s understanding of what addiction is and better meet the needs of addicts in recovery.
Research tells us that the foundation of any addict’s successful recovery is built on accountability — accountability to one’s self, to sponsors and fellow addicts, and to the friends and loved ones whose lives are impacted every day by an addict’s sobriety, or lack thereof.
Accountability starts and ends with community. By helping those in recovery connect with an engaged social community of friends and family, counselors and fellow recovering addicts, and by giving them access to resources and information related to addiction recovery, Recovery Passport equips addicts to stay clean, stay committed and stay accountable for their own recovery and well being.
If Recovery Passport can reach and help enough recovering addicts to affect just a 5% decrease in recidivism (or relapse rate), that translates to:
that could return to productive and rewarding lives
whose lives would be positively influenced by an addict’s successful recovery
in health care and law enforcement costs, car accidents, crime and lost productivity resulting from addiction-related problems
We are still in the early development stages, but this fundraise will act as the catalyst we need to take quantum leaps toward getting Recovery Passport into the hands of the people we are designing it to help. Promising developments so far include:
A software developer on board, ready to start building as soon as we cross the finish line with this fundraise
Beta-test centers already in place, along with an active pre-sales model that we will activate as beta testing approaches
6 signed letters of intent to buy the application once it reaches the market
Interest from Addiction Recovery Legal Services, Destination Hope, Florida Lawyers Assistance, Lakeside Recovery, Pur Detox, Broward Addiction
Recovery Center, Transformations Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center
Jack Powers, President & CEO
Jack Powers has over 35 years experience managing Fortune 500 Brands at global advertising agencies. He has led strategic branding and marketing efforts for powerhouse clients including Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola Company, American Express, Mercedes-Benz and Disney. Jack is the idea guy behind Recovery Passport and is on a mission to save lives and families.
Jason Ibarra, Vice President of Marketing
Jason Ibarra has over 10 years experience managing Exults, one of South Florida’s most successful digital marketing agencies. Under his leadership the agency has grown as aggressively as 300% year over year. While Jason is an online marketing expert his marketing and business acumen transcends internet marketing. Jason is a natural born entrepreneur using his adroit mind to solve problems and build client businesses.
Rob Hust, Vice President of Technology
Rob Hust is a self-described “notionographer” with over 25 years in the fields of Visual Communications, Design, and Technology Development. Over the last 15 years Rob has been intimately involved in the creation and monetization of intelligent software systems and technologies which have won contracts with Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, EBay, PayPal, and Sandia National Laboratory.
Board of Directors
Pierre P. Leimgruber, MD, FACS
Dr. Leimgruber is a practicing interventional Cardiologist in Spokane, WA specializing in the treatment of arteries of the heart and neck with balloon angioplasty and stents. He brings more than 30 years of experience in rigorous scientific medical research to the company. Moreover, he has developed a deep understanding of patients’ issues and needs as they relate to their illness and recovery.
Chris Mullin has 20 years of clinical experience in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. Chris currently serves as the Executive Director of Lakeside Recovery Center. He has a wide range of managerial and clinical experience, including the design and implementation of a successful residential treatment program. Chris understands and cares deeply for those suffering with chemical addiction, as he has been in recovery for over 14 years.
Michel Yvon Rondeau, PhD
Dr. Rondeau is a successful inventor, entrepreneur and has served as CEO of several public companies. He is the inventor of the miniaturization of repeater stations for undersea fiber optic cables and the Impact Mount Technology (IMT) for fiber optics application. He was the CEO of Valdor Fiber Optics which became a publicly trading company. He co-founded E-Shield Technology Co. in Hong Kong.
Richard B. Seely, MD: Consultant CMO
Dr. Seely is Board-certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, ABAM-certified in Addiction Medicine, Board-certified in Forensic Psychiatry and Board-certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He also serves as a consultant to the Florida’s Impaired Professionals Programs. Dr. Seely has been the Medical Director at Transitions in North Miami Beach, Florida since 1999 and Focus Healthcare High Point Treatment Center in Cooper City, Florida since 1993. Dr. Seely has the benefit of 25 years of personal recovery from the disease of addiction and has had the privilege of assessing and treating over 50,000 individuals with the same disease.
Roger Bergersen has been involved in the Securities Industry since 1969. He is semi-retired as an independent investment banker and marketing consultant. His experience includes positions with the several NYSE member firms including Merrill Lynch, Roberts Scott & Co. and Wedbush Noble Cook Inc. Currently Mr. Bergersen is a director and founding shareholder of TheraVitae Inc. / Hemostemix, a clinical stage company developing and commercializing innovative cell therapies for medical conditions.
Richard M. Forman, D.D.S.
Dr. Forman has been an entrepreneur for much of his life. In his early 20’s he became a successful commodity trader by arbitraging markets and currencies. He is a lifelong student of economics with a keen understanding of macro and micro trends affecting business. As a founder and first investor in Recovery Passport, Dr. Forman lends a worldly view and practical advice to the management team.
Brian Lynch is the SVP for Engage Play Technologies, where he helped pioneer the world’s first casual/skill-based game and social destination dedicated to providing high value member engagement for loyalty programs. Lynch also founded The Warrior Shield, a non-profit dedicated to serving the wounded warriors / veterans community and their families. The Warrior Shield aggregates and disseminates the plethora of digital content available via web service to serve the training and therapeutic needs of those suffering from PTSD, TBI, depression and other mental health illnesses.