How to Pay for Addiction Treatment Through Your Benepass

By: Bri Speiss, Director of Growth Marketing

Paying for addiction treatment has historically not been an easy undertaking. 

Although the Affordable Care Act enacted under President Obama in 2010 began to (finally!) cover substance use disorder treatment, the options for most still remain either to go to a rehabilitation center— which may or may not be covered by your insurance—or to seek out traditional 12-step recovery groups. Although it’s great to have these two options widely available, having more options is even better for folks who need treatment since not everyone recovers in the same way. 

This is where Tempest comes in. Not only do we provide a membership program that has been clinically proven to reduce symptoms of alcohol use disorder, but now we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Benepass, the employee benefits platform, to enable more people to access the Tempest program through their workplace benefits. Here’s how.

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What is Benepass and How Can I Use it to Pay for Tempest? 

To put it simply, Benepass is a benefits platform that helps modern companies take care of their people. They do this by allowing for the combination of pre-tax benefits and a company-funded wellness stipend to live on one card. This makes it easy for companies to manage the benefits they offer to people and even easier for employees to take advantage of things like their HSA/FSA. 

This kind of innovation is especially crucial in today’s world of high-stress living in a pandemic, political turmoil, racial justice uprisings, and more. With alcohol consumption on the rise during the pandemic, especially among women, you may be looking to re-evaluate your relationship with drinking but wondering how to access a program like Tempest. Well, if your employer offers a wellness fund through Benepass, you can now use your stipend to pay for Tempest. All you need to do is click our icon in the Benepass app, and use your Benepass card to get started! 

Why We are So Excited About This New Partnership 

We’ve made no secret about the fact that we want Tempest to be widely available to all people who want to live a happier, alcohol-free life. It is our mission to do this by making Tempest more widely available through employer benefits, which is why this Benepass partnership is a great first step. Benepass is currently growing quickly, and we’re excited about what this partnership can bring in the future. And, of course, for future partnerships, too. 

If you’re looking into Tempest and wondering if your employer can get on board, why not (hint hint) send an email to your HR representative and encourage them to book a demo with Benepass? Who knows, they might just love it as much as we do, sign up, and give you this option to pay for your Tempest membership. 

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In the meantime, if Benepass is not yet an option for you, you can also use HSA/FSA funds to pay for Tempest. All you need to do is use your FSA or HSA debit card (if you have one) to purchase Tempest through our site. Or you can purchase your membership through your site, then submit a receipt for reimbursement to your FSA or HSA. You can learn more about this process in our FAQ or feel free to email us at

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About Tempest

Tempest is a digital membership program that empowers you to quit drinking and live alcohol-free. Through our no-shame, label-optional approach, you’ll learn practical tools, explore expert-led lessons, and get guidance from our Care Team to build the kind of life you want. Learn more.

In a study done in partnership with the University of Buffalo and Syracuse University, Tempest members reported a 50% reduction in their symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder (problematic drinking) and a 25% reduction in the severity of anxiety and depression symptoms.