Hayver is a brand new drug and alcohol recovery app that rewards its users with cryptocurrency as incentives. Based in Atlanta, the app utilizes behavioral modification as well as a wide support network to assist those dealing with alcohol addiction. Dr. John M Copenhaver, the cofounder and chief medical officer of Hayver, explains how the app works: “Hayver is the only app that provides a psychological deterrent through peer-to-peer accountability and random drug screen[ings] plus a psychological incentive with cryptocurrency rewards (The Duitcoin), not only for the member but to the accountability network as well.”
Hayver works the same way as the treatment programs created by physicians to treat addiction. According to Copenhaver, “Its foundation is taken from physicians and pilot treatment programs and proven research that [shows] people who submit to random drug and alcohol screens after they have left a treatment center have a much higher chance of being sober, even after five years.” Users are required to do daily check-ins as well as random urine tests in order to assist in keeping them sober.
Hayver app members register for a monthly subscription. Each user belongs to an accountability group consisting of five to twenty members. This group could include their loved ones or fellow users undergoing the same addiction problem. The app shows the rate of a users’ check-in. It also indicates the number of days a user is sober. Hayver’s digital currency, the Duitcoin, is utilized to purchase a Hayver subscription or make donations to those in need. Random alerts are received by Hayver app users reminding them to have their urine tested via a home test kit provided by the app. The results of the urine test need to be given to a member of the user’s accountability group. If a user has failed to check in for a few days, a member of the accountability group has an option to spot check a member anonymously. If a member has relapsed, the app provides users with a start-over option.