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Cleveland Company Wins Grant To Develop Addiction Recovery App


A Cleveland company got a big boost in its plans to develop an app to help those who are recovering from addiction.

Ascent, an online service that connects recovering addicts to peer coaches and resources, was recently awarded $464,000 from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission to create a new app.

The money is part of a $10 million state effort to use tech to fight the opioid crisis.

Founder Brian Bailys believes it will open doors for those in recovery. 

"It’s the human touch that really helps people in recovery, and it’s very difficult for people to get sober by themselves,” Bailys says. “We believe in many pathways to recovery but if somebody can stay connected to a group of healthy people, it’s going to give them a dramatically better chance at longer-term recovery,” 

According to Bailys, 7,000 people have already signed up for the new app. It’s slated to be released the middle of next year.

Kellie Nock is a senior journalism major with a women’s studies minor from Cleveland, Ohio. She has experience in print, online and radio journalism. She serves as a blogger for The Burr Magazine at Kent State and a writer/DJ for Black Squirrel Radio, and has previously worked with The Kent Stater and KentWired. Her goal is to create stories that will have an impact and be remembered by readers.