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Pelago – Meet A Vendor

Pelago is a virtual clinic offering personalized substance use care for members wanting to cut back, stop or otherwise manage their tobacco, alcohol and opioid use.

Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting a captivating Meet A Vendor webinar featuring Dr. Yusuf Sherwani.

We were happy to hear that as of June 6, Quit Genius, a renowned provider of digital clinic solutions for employee substance use management, has undergone a significant transformation and emerged as Pelago. This rebranding not only reflects their prominent position in the field but also signifies their unwavering commitment to revolutionizing substance use management through innovative approaches. 

During the webinar, Dr. Sherwani, Co-Founder and CEO of Pelago, shed light on the motivation behind this change and shared how Pelago aims to make substance use support accessible to all, surpassing the limitations of conventional treatment programs and dismantling barriers to care.

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Pelago draws its inspiration from the word “Archipelago,” which refers to a series of islands dispersed across the vast expanse of the sea. These islands have moved away from the continent to which they were attached. However, they are close enough to be connected.

At Pelago, this concept resonates deeply, as they firmly believe that no individual should be seen as an isolated island. Instead, Pelago endeavors to provide a sea of unwavering support, fostering interconnectedness and empowerment within their community. Just as islands within an archipelago remain linked despite their distance, Pelago ensures that individuals navigating substance use challenges can find solace, understanding, and encouragement through their inclusive and compassionate approach.


  • 46% of American workers have a problem with substance use or have experienced family problems involving substance or alcohol use.
  • 1 in 6 workers report missing work due to a personal substance or alcohol use challenge.
  • 2 in 3 workers believe their employer should offer support for substance use management.
  • Only 7% of workers feel they can ask their employer for substance use help specifically.


Pelago’s vision is to create a world where everyone has access to substance use support.

By radically rethinking the treatment delivery model, Pelago’s virtual clinic overcomes the challenges of traditional treatment programs in 3 very specific ways:

  1. Revolutionize ACCESS to substance use care that works by becoming the only substance use management virtual clinic with nationwide reach and scaled to reduce wait times from weeks to hours regardless of the location of the member. 
  2. Significantly reduce COSTS of treatment by reducing inpatient/intensive outpatient utilization.
  3. Dramatically improve EFFECTIVENESS and achieve clinical outcomes.
    Because of their white-glove approach to drive program success and proven clinical efficacy, Pelago is the first and only substance use management virtual clinic to put 100% of its fees at risk.


Pelago has elevated its offerings to new heights, providing an all-encompassing solution that addresses the limitations of traditional fragmented strategies. With a steadfast commitment to their clients’ well-being, Pelago now delivers a comprehensive suite of services, effectively tackling a wide range of substance-related challenges.

From opioid and alcohol use disorder to post-residential care, pain medication misuse, binge drinking, smoking, smokeless tobacco, vaping, co-occurring anxiety/depression, and complex condition management, Pelago’s extensive repertoire covers the entire spectrum of substances and severity. Doing so ensures that individuals receive tailored support and interventions specific to their unique needs.


Pelago’s vision is to create a world where everyone has access to substance use support.

Six key elements make up the Pelago program:

  1. Physician-led Clinical Care
  2. Addiction Recovery Counselors
  3. Medication Management and Fulfillment
  4. Remote Monitoring
  5. Personalized Digital CBT
  6. Complex Condition Management

To deliver such a holistic and complex set of services, Pelago has developed a simplified model that offers services across the continuum of treatment needs and is tailored to the member.

  • SupportA digital-first experience with unlimited coaching support for members who need to quit nicotine or want to explore a safer level of use of substances like alcohol.
  • Manage – Takes all the benefits of support and adds the care of a licensed drug and alcohol counselor for members with more advanced substance dependence.
  • Treat – For those cases where a member needs more intensive therapy, complex comorbid conditions are present, and medication is needed to help manage cravings.


The Pelago MAT program is a testament to its effectiveness, supported by an impressive track record. Led by a team of experienced Medical Doctors, Pelago has carved a unique niche in the digital healthcare landscape by offering a comprehensive substance management strategy that tackles substance misuse spanning nicotine, alcohol, and opioids.

Pelago’s program has garnered validation through an extensive collection of 13 peer-reviewed studies, including a notable randomized control trial. These rigorous scientific examinations reinforce the program’s efficacy and underscore its commitment to evidence-based practices to achieve better outcomes for individuals grappling with substance use disorders.

Pelago’s Validated Results:

  • 52% CO-verified tobacco quit rates at 4 weeks vs. 5% quit rate via telephone coaching support.
  • 44% Self-reported tobacco quit rate at 12 months.
  • 62% Abstinent or drinking below a safe limit within the first 30 days.
  • 67% Reported 100% abstinent from opioids for the entire 90-day period after treatment initiation.


Reach out to Pelago if you are searching for a solution that empowers companies and their employees across the US to achieve the highest quality outcomes, overcome the challenges of traditional SUD treatments while decreasing healthcare costs.

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