1- Hello Hanna, can you please tell us a bit about you?
Well, I was raised in West Palm Beach, Fl. My mother was a psychoanalyst, and my father was an interior designer, two things I like- design and psychology. I had a beautiful life that included some difficulties. I lost my father when I was nine right after my mom recovered from her breast cancer. I struggled with addiction in high school, but thankfully I was able to find sobriety. I worked in treatment in college and found there was a lot of corruption in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation industry. I found a passion and designed a website that rates drug rehabs like yelp, and then from there we have been building and developing more technology for the industry.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
We focus on reviews and outcomes for rehab. I believe that someone should know how effective treatment is before they experience it or pay 20,000 dollars for it. The healthcare industry needs more of this, one rehab could be 80% effective, and another could be 1% effective, but there is no standard to determine this. Rehab could be beautiful and full of services, but it does track alumni and value what happens to a client after they leave treatment.
3-How do you describe “Wherehab” in few words?
Wherehab is like yelp for rehab, and our mobile app SYN is like social media meets my fitness tracker for recovery.
4- Where do you think your work is making an impact?
We have helped people get treatment who had no insurance or support system. Opioid overdose is the leading cause of death in adults under 50, getting someone sober is saving lives. What impact is more significant?
5- Launching a review website to help people, was it easy as it sounds?
It is not. Many rehabs dislike their dirty laundry being aired. We are one of the only review sites that aren’t owned by a rehab. So we only have real/organic data. People who seek help on our site know that they aren’t being sold to facilities but are matched with facilities that genuinely meet their needs.
6- What the word “Assistance” means to you?
Assistance means we are providing users the tools and empowering them because they are powerful.
7- Where do you see the company in the next five years?
We are launching the app, and I hope to see the app and website to be a mainstream/safe place for addicts and their families to get sober.
8- What can you tell young people who are pursuing their dreams?
If you want to pursue your dreams, you have to commit to them, embrace all your deepest darkest fears and look ahead no matter what.
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
The release of our mobile app.
10- The last word or final thoughts?
I would like to quote my friend Kevin Alter “ you see an addict; I see a future success story.”