Like the Michigan woman, a lot of people who use RehabPath’s resources might only have a small window of time to find help, Camp said.
Some centers rehabilitate patients with “process addictions” like gambling, he said, while others treat people who have ailments that can “co-occur” with addiction, like depression, anxiety and trauma. The list goes on.
But RehabPath’s websites, with its 20 employees, aim to make finding treatment easier, Camp said. It’s a mission that, in 2019, spurred a $200,000 investment from Madison angel investor and philanthropist Shree Kalluri. Kalluri, having met Camp through StartingBlock, is also the founder and CEO of Madison’s Zerology and Mobile22.
RehabPath project manager Charles Donaldson, left, works on a website landing page while talking to RehabPath CEO Ben Camp.
The expansion comes as drug overdose rates see record highs, and an increasing number of people report mental health struggles.
There’s also a broad spectrum of providers treating specific ailments, he said, which can make the research process overwhelming for patients and professionals.
“We are working to basically centralize (the user) experience so someone can compare options and look at what (treatment centers) specialize in,” said Camp, who estimated that RehabPath will hire 40 more employees within the next year. “When someone has an addiction or a mental health problem, the first place they turn is the internet.”