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Here and Now Systems, LLC

Here and Now Systems, LLC provides empirically supported, smartphone-based alcohol intervention to the millions of people who have an alcohol problem but are either not interested or able to attend traditional in-person therapy. With funding support from the NIH, we developed Step Away, a mobile app, available in both iOS and Android phones that has been shown to substantially reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol related problems in numerous clinical trials.
Our mission is to provide affordable, effective smartphone-based alcohol intervention support to the millions of individuals who are missed by traditional in-person alcohol treatment..
Type of Organization
Startup - Newly established businesses, investable
Purchaser - Organizations responsible for purchasing health benefits for a population of people (e.g. employers or government entities)
Size of Organization
Organization Mailing Address

8021 Resurrection drive unit A
Anchorage, 99504
United States

Step Away
Step Away delivers effective and affordable alcohol intervention right to users' smartphones, making alcohol intervention support available whenever and wherever it is needed. Step Away has four primary aims: 1) Enhance awareness of drinking and drinking-related problems; 2) Establish and monitor progress toward a drinking goal; 3) Manage triggers to drink and other related problems using in-the-moment tools; and 4) Enhance awareness of coping strategies and alternatives to drinking.
Category of Innovation
Digital Health - A digital health solution is a technology-based solution whose user is caring for or providing care for themselves (think of a personal app) or another individual (such as a doctor using a tool to help their patient)
Intended End User
Patient - Individuals who receive health care
Purchaser - Organizations responsible for purchasing health benefits for a population of people (e.g. employers or government entities)
Startup - newly established business, investable
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Problem (i.e. barrier, issue, complication, etc.) being solved for the end user
Step Away addresses the problem of low treatment utilization amongst individuals with alcohol addiction due to a combination of barriers related to accessing traditional treatment, the stigma of attending a treatment facility and the expense of treatment.
Idea/solution to the problem, if applicable
We are providing stand-alone, self-guided, empirically supported alcohol intervention to user's smartphones that is affordable, and available wherever a user has data coverage.
Level of adoption (i.e. list of customers/users, testimonials, etc.), if applicable
We have developed versions of Step Away for individual users, available for download through the iTunes App Store and Google Play. We have also developed a version for the Veteran's Administration called Stand Down and we customized a version of Step Away for use in the New Zealand health system. We also have developed an enterprise solution for organizations interested in reducing drinking amongst their members.
Impact (i.e. measurable outcomes), if applicable
We now have data on Step Away effectiveness through four different clinical trials. All trials indicated that Step Away substantially reduced overall drinking and days spent hazardously drinking (between a 45 and 65% reduction) as well as substantial reductions in drinking related problems (publications available upon request).
Funding Stage
Grant funded
List of Funding Sources (if applicable)
National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development
New Zealand Health Research Council