Mobilizing Mindfulness

Example screenshots from Qlarity App

Early intervention can have life-changing consequences for young drug and alcohol users, but few available resources address the unique challenges young people face in their recovery efforts. The behavioral health innovators of Influents Innovations came to Twenty Ideas with an evidence-based concept to help fill this void: Qlarity, the first mobile meditation app for sobriety support designed specifically for pre-teens and young adults.


  • UX Design
  • UI Design
  • App Development

Our Challenge

1. Expand access to addiction treatment for high-risk adolescents by creating a portable, individually-paced, always-available mobile app.

2. Deliver guided mindfulness training for those struggling with substance abuse using an aesthetic, voice, and mindfulness practice program tailored specifically to teens.

Our Solution

We created an immersive digital space where users felt safe to explore their recovery struggles and practice cognitive and behavioral coping skills.

Designing Real-Life Help for a Virtual Medium

We worked with the Influents research team to pinpoint the ways most substance abuse programs don't align with the needs of young people. Then, we translated the core components of these interventions into a format, look, and feel tailored to fit naturally into the lives of recovering adolescents.

Qlarity app flow chart

On-the-Go Retreat

Qlarity is designed to be a calming and private sanctuary users can access any time they encounter triggering situations in the real world.

Example of calming design elements

Designed for Peace of Mind

Stress-relieving aesthetic uses color, imagery, and layout to create a quiet, distraction-free, and intimate environment to encourage disclosure, reflection, and meditation.

Example of peaceful screens

Inhale, Exhale

Guided meditation exercises offer relatable support from the perspective of a trusted friend who genuinely understands the user’s experiences and feelings.

Twenty Ideas translated our concept into a beautiful, sensitively designed tool ready to help real-world users. From the visuals to the product name, they were able to take the authentic, supportive feeling we had in mind and put it onto the screen.

-Dana K. Smith, PhD

Qlarity Principal Investigator

Influents Innovations | Oregon Research Institute

Therapeutic UX

We built mindfulness into the structure and function of Qlarity to create a centering experience from first tap.

Feelings check in

Looking Inward

Value and mood surveys incorporate emotional imagery to help young users sort through complicated feelings and identify how avoiding substance abuse will benefit the aspects of their life they care about most.

Taking Stock

Go with the Flow

Intuitive navigation encourages interaction with the app through a simple, subtly motivating design that leads users down a gentle path to mindfulness.

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