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Excitement Builds with the First Aboriginal-Specific Addictions Treatment App

The RedPath Addictions App will be introduced on July 22 2013 at the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Addiction Research and Therapy

Peterborough, ON – 07/16/2013- For the many Aboriginal Communities that have long awaited access to an Aboriginal-specific addictions treatment, the excitement is building with the approach of the July 22nd introduction of The RedPath Addictions App in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Based on The RedPath Addictions Program, ( the RedPath App is designed to combat recent spikes in addictions and alcohol misuse in Aboriginal Communities by using the advantages of cutting-edge technology to modernize treatment delivery.

Delivering the RedPath via an app offers a variety of advantages, from full access to treatment 24 hours a day to complete anonymity and the ability to participate in treatment as if in a group setting.

For example, it is currently estimated that only 1% of North Americans who need addictions treatment are receiving care; the RedPath App is designed to remove barriers to treatment by enabling access at any time and from any location.

Program Developer Peggy Shaughnessy developed the RedPath Program in 2002 in answer to the disproportionate rates of addiction and death caused by alcohol and drugs within Aboriginal Communities.

Aboriginal Peoples are as much as 3 times more likely than the rest of the North American population to suffer from addictions and alcohol or drug-related deaths and traditional diseased-based treatment models have done little to relieve the situation.

Through her research at Trent University in Peterborough Ont., Ms. Shaughnessy recognized that simply changing addictive behaviors would not be enough for Aboriginal people; she created The RedPath Program to confront the root causes of addictions, rather than simply the behavior itself.

“Addictions are not the problem, the problem is why are they addicted.”-Peggy Shaughnessy

The program has enjoyed tremendous success, and while specifically designed around Aboriginal culture, has been proven effective in a wide variety of populations.

The RedPath App will be officially introduced at the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Addiction Research and Therapy in Las Vegas on July 22nd, after which Ms. Shaughnessy has been invited to present the App in New Mexico on July 25th.

“The RedPath Program has given me hope and a teaching I will carry for the rest of my life,” – Program Participant

Drawing on core beliefs of Aboriginal Worldview, the RedPath leads you down a path to help identify past traumas and the emotions attached, allowing you to have a better understanding of why you do the things you do. In turn you are able to see the alternative choices and the responsibilities of the life you live.

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For more information please contact Peggy Shaughnessy by phone at (705) 740-2003, by email at [email protected] or visit the RedPath Site at

You can also connect with the RedPath Addictions Program at:



For more information on the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Addiction Research and Therapy visit