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Digital Health Company Tempest Raises $10M for Alcohol Use Disorder Program


The digital health virtual program aims to improve access to recovery.


Tempest, a virtual “sobriety school” for individuals to access help for recovery from alcohol use disorder, today announced it completed a $10 million Series A funding round to expand access to the digital health program.

The Tempest Sobriety School is an eight-week virtual course that includes meditations to help individual’s set their intention for the day, weekly lectures led by founder Holly Whitaker and other experts and live Q&A calls to help users better digest the course materials. Throughout the course, users will create a sustainable road map, learn to overcome cravings, develop a mindfulness practice, learn to navigate social settings as a non-drinker and forgive oneself for past mistakes.

The funding will be used to expand its operations team and membership program, with the hope of helping people overcome alcohol use disorder earlier and sustain their sobriety longer.

“As health systems increasingly take responsibility for providing integrated care to their patients, being able to offer a continuum of treatment options is essential to improve experience and outcomes,” Julia Bernstein, MBA, chief operating officer at Tempest, said in a statement to Inside Digital Health™. “This is especially important for alcohol use disorder, which is being screened for in medical settings, but wider access to follow-up care is limited.”

The program provides free and lower cost resources for patients who health systems might need to refer to additional support, Bernstein added.

Tempest integrates technology and social media to transform how it addresses the personal and economic impacts of alcohol.

Maveron Capital led the investment round, with additional investments from Slow Ventures, Female Founders Fund, AlleyCorp, Refactor, Green D Ventures and other individual investors.

“Access to treatment and resources should not be limited to a select few, and we believe that Tempest can be the solution to open the aperture to a much more diverse audience,” said Anarghya Vardhana, a partner at Maveron Capital and newly added member of Tempest’s Board of Directors.

The funding brings Tempest’s total raised to $14.3 million.

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