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Workit Health offering virtual addiction and mental health care to Georgians
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Workit Health, a leading virtual substance use disorder treatment provider, recently expanded into Georgia with a clinic in the Atlanta area and virtual service available for anyone in the state. 

According to a press release by the organization, the group’s telemedicine services will be available to the entire state to help address substance use, mental health and other common co-occurring conditions like Hepatitis C. 

“Georgians can connect with licensed clinicians and counselors via live chat and video through the Workit Health app and receive medication e-prescribed to their local pharmacy,” the release said. 

Workit Health uses a medicine-first, evidence-based approach to addiction treatment, according to the release.

“Only 30 percent of treatment centers nationwide offer medication, and most people have to drive hours every week to receive it,” the release said. “Clinical evidence supports that FDA-approved medication plays a critical role in recovery from substance use and co-occurring disorders, cutting overdose death rates from opioids in half.” 

According to the release, the goal is to use treatment methods to alleviate withdrawal symptoms, provide necessary support and reduce the risk of relapse or overdose. 

“From 2010 to 2020, the total number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Georgia increased by 207 percent,” Workit Health co-CEO Robin McIntosh said in the release. “Giving people the opportunity to receive evidence-based clinical care — including medication for substance use and mental health — leads to improved outcomes, evidenced by our 73 percent retention rate at the 90-day mark.” 

Lisa McLaughlin, the organization’s co-CEO, said that the organization focuses on the individual and lets them dictate their own end goal, whether that is complete abstinence or moderation. 

“Our mission is to make it easy to access the gold standard of addiction care from home,” McLaughlin said in the release. “Since recovery looks different for everyone, we prioritize the individual’s goal by implementing a harm-reduction-based program that allows for personalized care and goal setting.” 

For more information about Workit Health, go to https://www.workithealth.com/