Welcome to Ria Health

Our mission is to make effective help for problem drinking easier to access

We believe there should be no stigma around alcohol addiction—that it should be treated like any other medical condition. Our program combines science-backed methods with new technology to give people the care they need, from wherever they may be.

So far, our innovative approach has helped over 1,000 people either moderate or quit drinking, without putting their lives on hold.

Our Philosophy

The Ria Health Story

Who We Are

Ria Health is a team of medical professionals, technology experts, and start-up veterans, dedicated to making a positive change in how addiction is treated. Our team includes doctors, nurse practitioners, addiction counselors, tech developers, marketers, business leaders, and experienced nonprofit workers. Each is committed to bringing compassionate, effective care to those who need it most.

Our company is based in San Francisco, but our program is available in over a dozen states and counting. Get in touch to find out if Ria Health is available near you:

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Our Philosophy

At Ria Health, we believe that alcohol addiction treatment should be:


No matter where you are, or how busy your life is, you should be able to get the help you need


Treatment for addiction should be based in scientific research, and use methods that are proven effective


Each individual should get treatment that matches their unique needs and goals, without requiring them to subscribe to any philosophy


Getting help shouldn’t break the bank, or set you back in other areas of your life

Ria’s online program is designed to meet each of these goals, and lead the way towards effective, shame-free treatment that anyone can access.

Learn more about our approach, and our philosophy

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Ria’s program is accredited by the Joint Commission, LegitScript certified, and fully HIPAA compliant. We are also associated with the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), among others.

More about Ria’s accreditations

Ria Health is proud to count Claudia Christian of the C Three Foundation among our advisory board members, and to offer full support for the Sinclair Method.

The Ria Health Story

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Dr John Mendelson, CMO

Dr John Mendelson had been treating substance abuse in his private practice for decades. He knew that science-based treatment for addiction worked.

This is why he was puzzled when, while leading a clinical trial for alcoholism medication, he noticed that half the participants already had good health coverage. Why didn’t they feel they could get the treatment they needed from their doctor?

The answer was that, in many cases, their doctors were only sending them to Alcoholics Anonymous, or referring them to expensive rehab programs. Medication and other effective, evidence-based methods often weren’t available, even for those with robust insurance.

With millions of Americans struggling with alcohol use disorder (AUD) every year, and less than 10% getting treatment, Mendelson knew something needed to be done. He also realized that technology might be able to help. When he met tech and start-up veteran David Deacon in 2014, the two began discussing a new company that could bring evidence-based treatment closer to the people that needed it.

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David Deacon, Founder

The Birth of Ria Health

Elsewhere, Bob Nix (current Ria CTO) was having similar thoughts. He had been developing and running medical technology systems for over a decade, and was realizing that tech could revolutionize treatment for chronic conditions like addiction.

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Bob Nix, CTO

When Nix met Deacon and Mendelson in 2016, the three saw that they had the skills and expertise between them to make the project a reality. Together, they designed a platform that would let people access flexible, affordable help for alcohol use disorder from anywhere.

Soon after, Ria Health was born. Bob’s brother, Tom Nix, was brought on as CEO, and with his expertise the program quickly expanded nationwide.

Several years later, Ria Health is available to 85% of the US population, and counting. Through our innovative telemedicine platform, we’ve now helped over 1,000 people change their relationship with alcohol. Through it all, our mission has remained the same: to make effective, evidence based treatment for alcohol addiction available to as many people as possible.

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Tom Nix, CEO

Listen to Rich K’s Success Story with Ria Health

[Ria’s program] has literally solved a problem for me that I did not think was actually a problem to be solved, ever. I thought that I’d either have to be going through painful, awful uncertainty with continuing drinking, or a very, very painful certainty of being sober all the time…*

– Rich K in Ohio

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