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Meet Amaris Smith of XR Monitoring in Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amaris Smith.

Amaris, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m from Romulus, MI, by way of Atlanta, GA, and now residing here in LA with my hubs and beautiful two children. I started XR monitoring because I saw a lack of purpose when it came to treating alcohol addiction.

After learning that most decisions on outpatient treatment options are based solely on cost, I knew something had to be done. Speaking to courts, treatment centers, etc., would leave me in awe because no one wanted to treat the drinking part of driving. I’d hear stories, where a patients leave court, go to the required class, and right after (sometimes even in the parking lot) start drinking, and to hear that there was nothing that they can do unless state-authorized, was baffling to me. XR Monitoring can be utilized by DUI Courts, Family Court, and Alcohol Treatment Centers. I started this when I saw a lack of diversity in the monitoring field here in Los Angeles.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Approximately 1/3 of traffic-related deaths in the United States involve a drunk driver according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), yet, if the individual gets caught and gets a ticket to go to court or jail, the person is left with the symptom not being diagnosed. With more and more companies putting profits over purpose, XR Monitoring can be the company that changes the narrative. 100 people are arrested every day in Los Angeles county alone for DUI and that ends up being over 36,000 people annually.

So, while you’d think that a less expensive option that makes it more affordable for the individuals to take proactive measures to prevent the accident in the first place such as what we offer, they’d rather make the money off the person than to really help fix the problem when presented with a solution. This has not been an easy road, but I believe that with Christ I can do all things and that includes helping to save as many lives as possible. My purpose is God’s purpose.

Please tell us about XR Monitoring. What should we know?
We are a more effective approach to modifying behavior. XR Monitoring uses the patented CheckBAC™ solution. Most physicians, clinics and hospitals have very limited treatment options for helping alcohol-addicted patients modify their behavior. Often medication and in-office breathalyzer tests aren’t enough to reinforce sober habits, and referrals to specialized recovery clinics typically mean long waiting lists and a price tag that is out of reach for most patients… until now.

It is the world’s first Bluetooth remote monitoring system that utilizes a management portal, and Bluetooth ignition interlock technology. It is also the world’s only African American owned alcohol monitoring software company. And I am the first African American and Woman-owned monitoring company in L.A.

By using CheckBAC™ we can reduce recidivism by treating the drinking part of drunk driving, and not just punishing them for driving drunk. Because of the low cost, most participants in the DUI court can afford to use CheckBAC™ and maintain their dignity and respect in public. It bridges the gap between testing and accountability, combining industry-accurate Bluetooth® technology with a simple, easy-to-use smartphone app, to give you the power to test your patients – anywhere, anytime – and instantly see their results. This changes everything!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Empathy. Empathy is needed when dealing with addiction. You never know what someone is going through, or the demons they are facing that drove them to drink. As someone who has dealt with this in the past with family, I can share in their concern, and be a champion for them in the recovery space.

Pricing:

  • Breathalyzer- $65
  • Ignition Interlock- $105
  • Subscription Service $12.49 for month-to-month $99.99 for yearly subscription

Contact Info:

  • Address: 3900 West Alameda Ave. Suite 1200
    Burbank, CA 91505
  • Website: www.xrmonitoring.com
  • Phone: 310-648-2393
  • Email: info@xrmonitoring.com
  • Instagram: @xrmonitoring
  • Facebook: @xrmonitoring
  • Twitter: @xrmonitoring

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