ALAViDA Partners with Green Shield Canada to Meet the Rapidly Growing Demand for Virtual Substance Use Management


Partnership helps fill a critical and costly gap in employee mental health benefits TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$LSPK—ALAViDA Health Ltd. (Alavida), a LifeSpeak Inc. company (TSX:LSPK) and leading virtual provider of evidence-based substance use treatment, announced today its pre-disability TRAiL Hello Premium program will now be offered to Green Shield Canada’s (GSC) plan sponsors as an optional addition to benefit plans. Later this year, the ALAViDA program will also become a complementary addition to GSC’s Digital Clinic. The Digital Clinic is a suite of virtual health solutions available at discounted costs. GSC is Canada’s only national not-for-profit health benefits provider, delivering innovative programs to more than four million plan members nationwide. Substance use affects 21 percent of Canadians, and the pandemic continues to expose mental health challenges and growing drug and alcohol use. “Factors like shame, stigma, and busy schedules make substance use disorder the largest unmanaged disease in modern healthcare,” explains Joe Blomeley, GSC’s Executive Vice President, Mental Health. “It’s time to change that. We’re excited to be joining ALAViDA on this initiative to make treatment for substance use more accessible.” ALAViDA’s TRAiL Hello Premium program uses a connected virtual care model that links physicians, therapists, and a virtual companion to meet individual needs and goals. Confidential and accessible on any device, the program offers the privacy to engage in substance use management whenever, wherever. For employers, ALAViDA helps fill the gap for unaddressed substance use in the workplace with virtual treatment that guides employers to support employees at the pre-disability stage, reducing or potentially eliminating the significant cost to employers. “Studies have shown that one in five Canadians say they are drinking more with women reporting a 41 percent increase in heavy drinking episodes. Yet it’s estimated that only one in ten seek treatment due to the stigma associated with alcohol…

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