Soberlink provides the most innovative solution for remote alcohol monitoring. The Soberlink System combines a professional grade Breathalyzer with a wireless connection to a cloud-based web portal. The technology uses facial recognition to confirm identity, tamper resistant sensors to ensure the integrity of tests, and automation software to create a seamless monitoring solution.
Although remote alcohol monitoring was already established in the criminal justice field, Soberlink was the first company to focus on remote monitoring for addiction treatment. In 2016, Soberlink gained FDA 510(k) clearance for medical use, and is widely used by major treatment facilities and clinical programs across the country.
The Soberlink team wanted to make a difference by empowering people in early recovery to be accountable and conveniently and discreetly stay connected to their counselors and loved ones. Addiction is a disease and should be treated like other diseases that require monitoring. Soberlink saw an opportunity to create user-friendly technology to aid in the recovery process for alcohol use disorders by connecting the client and and their support community throughout the journey.
The data shows that populations who include monitoring in their recovery plan, like pilots and doctors, have better outcomes. Prior to Soberlink, alcohol testing was an ordeal. Someone being monitored for alcohol use would have to travel to a lab at least once weekly at random times determined by program supervisors. Eliminating the obstacle of lab visits and replacing it with Soberlink program has made the process simple, convenient, and affordable. With Soberlink, the client tests a few times per day, and the entire process takes less than a minute. Not only does Soberlink help the person recovering be more accountable, it also allows a support system to intervene in a timely manner; something urine testing doesn’t allow. The ability to provide a timely intervention is one of the greatest advantages of Soberlink and remote alcohol monitoring.
In 2017 a panel of addiction experts put together a consensus paper highlighting the most effective way use Soberlink in a clinical setting. This paper was published by the Journal of Addiction Medicine and remains the suggested protocol for treatment providers.