Alcohol Monitoring Company Sets New Standard in Continued Care

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: Soberlink, the leader in mobile breath alcohol detection technology, announced its ongoing support of eight newly adopted principles for the treatment of alcohol addiction. These national principles, announced in November, have been adopted by 16 healthcare organizations ranging from Aetna and Beacon Health Options to Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna.

Derived from the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health released in late 2017, these “Eight National Principles” are designed to refocus efforts to treat alcoholism as a substance use disorder and provide a comprehensive view of treatment ranging from universal screening to personalized diagnosis. Of particular interest is the fourth principle that requires “continuing long-term outpatient care with monitoring and adjustments to treatment,” according to the report.

Alcohol Monitoring 101: What You Should Know

Do you suffer from alcohol abuse? As helpless and scary as this abuse or addiction can be, know you’re not alone. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports a staggering 15.1 million Americans ages 18 and older suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD), or the uncontrollable, preoccupied use of alcohol.

To aid in abuse and addiction recovery, many patients, treatment providers, and family law professionals recommend the use of alcohol monitoring systems. In this article, you’ll learn more about what alcohol monitoring is, how it can benefit you, and other useful information to help you decide if an alcohol monitoring breathalyzer system is the right choice for you.

Supervised vs. Unsupervised Parenting

In most custody arrangements that aren’t equally or jointly divided, one parent is considered custodial and awarded sole custody of the children. The other parent is non-custodial, but is typically awarded parenting time, or the right to see and visit with their children on a set schedule. There are two major types of parenting time: supervised and unsupervised. The main difference between the two is essentially an additional adult chaperone.

The Problem with the Tostitos Bag Breathalyzer

Right around Superbowl time the commercials start running. And while warning us against drinking and driving may seem like a no brainer, some brands try to capitalize on the season of binge drinking with a gimmick.

This year, it’s the Tostitos Party Safe Bag. The tortilla chip bag comes with a built in “breathalyzer”. If alcohol is detected on your breath, the bag can even help you call an Uber. These limited edition bags will not be sold to the general public, but Frito Lay has partnered with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) to provide 25,000 Uber coupon codes to consumers. The codes will be available on participating bags of Tostitos chips sold at retailers.

Soberlink Receives FDA Clearance for Medical Use

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. – Soberlink, the leader in real-time mobile-breath sobriety technology, today announced that the Soberlink Breathalyzer has received 510(k) premarket clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for medical use by healthcare providers to remotely measure alcohol in human breath, for the purpose of aiding in the detection and monitoring of alcohol consumption in those who suffer from alcohol use disorders.

Soberlink and Sober Sky Web Portal act as an accountability tool that allows recovering individuals to conveniently and discreetly share blood alcohol content (BAC) results with their treatment providers and recovery circle from almost anywhere in the world. Soberlink has worked for over five years with the top treatment facilities and addiction experts to develop a protocol for using the Soberlink System in clinical monitoring of alcohol use disorders.

Hands-on with Soberlink Cellular Smart Breathalyzer

Alcohol cessation programs often require participants to stay off the booze entirely. This may be voluntary or required by a court order, but the task of watching for slip-ups can be both difficult and counter-productive. Under court mandated cessation, typically randomly assigned visits are required of offenders, but people tend to take risks knowing that there’s only a small chance that a test will be required. Moreover, the burden of testing can be substantial if the testing center is far from home and frequent visits are required.

We received a new device to review called SL2 from Soberlink, a company out of Cypress, California, that makes it easy to regularly screen people for alcohol use. We spent a couple weeks checking it out and pretending to quit while having limited self control. It was certainly an interesting experience that opened our eyes to the difficult reality of alcohol cessation programs and how technology can help overcome many of these challenges.

At its core the SL2 is a breathalyzer with a built in camera that is intended to be used on a regular basis to confirm sobriety throughout each day. A schedule is typically set by a therapist or parole officer and the user has to follow it strictly to stay in compliance. We had a three times daily regimen to follow, which included morning, afternoon, and night tests. To make sure that the user doesn’t forget, the system sends out reminder text messages 15 minutes prior to a scheduled test and then follow up warnings if a test is not performed.

Soberlink Leads to Felony Charges

WAUPACA, WI – Three defendants in drunken driving cases now face felony bail jumping charges thanks to an alcohol-monitoring system recently introduced by the courts in Waupaca County.

Called Soberlink, the hand-held device collects a deep-lung breath test, measures the breath alcohol concentration and takes a photo of the individual to confirm his identity.

The device submits the test results to a monitoring website that sends instant alerts to notify law enforcement if there are signs of alcohol use.

Fetal alcohol fight in Crow Wing arms itself with new tool

My Baby's Breath

Star Tribune

by Pam Louwagie

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Former Crow Wing County educator Jody Crowe grew tired of seeing fetal alcohol-related behavioral and learning problems in children around the state.

Crowe is now leading efforts to combat it in a new way: putting cellular technology-based Breathalyzers in the hands of pregnant, alcohol-involved teens and giving them incentives to stay booze-free.

He and others in the nonprofit organization he helped found, Healthy Brains for Children, are launching the program with leaders in Crow Wing County.

“I saw so much loss of potential from prenatal exposure to alcohol,” Crowe said. “We have to get to the point of preventing it from happening to the next generation. This is one of the strategies.”

Program Rewards Teen Moms-To-Be Who Stay Sober

CBS Minnesota

by John Lauritsen

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A new program is providing rewards for teenagers who stay alcohol-free during pregnancy. An organization called Healthy Brains for Children is heading the effort.

Expecting teenagers are given a cell phone as an incentive but also a Breathalyzer that they will be required to blow into during the day.

“I guess it’s leading edge as far as prevention, and we are doing something,” said board member, Anne Archibald. “It’s proactive.”

The name on the side of the Breathalyzer says it all. “My Baby’s Breath” ensures that expecting teenage moms know exactly what’s at stake.