App for people in recovery is inspired by grief and hope

Substance abuse is an ever-present concern in the college community, affecting more than a third of the collegiate population, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Tori Madison used her own experience with a loved one to find ways to help others in trouble. She lost her 22-year-old brother, Trent, to a heroin overdose when she herself was only 23.

The experience led her to develop a phone application for college students in substance abuse recovery. Earlier this year, she was accepted into the It Takes a Village Initiative Pre-Accelerator Program, a diversity and Inclusion program for women and people of color that provides mentorship to those working to develop tech products.

Many students use some sort of app, and as Amber Perry reports in a recent story for Georgia Health News, they may be a supplement to conventional care.

Amber Perry is a graduate student studying journalism. Click here to see her full post in Georgia Health News.