Finding sober support is crucial to recovery. Not just in the early stages, when the affliction of addiction has us raw and on edge. But also as our recovery strengthens. Because no matter how long an alcoholic or addict has been clean and sober, we’re never more than a drink or a hit away from relapse.
Indeed, strong sober support has been helping people who’ve been in recovery for decades. And each will attest that we’re all only as strong as our sober support network.
But what to do when you live far from an active recovery community? Or if you’re new in town and suffering from the old burning desire? How about if you just need another addict or alcoholic to talk to, but would rather remain anonymous?
Well, it turns out there’s an app for all that -- and then some. It’s called Sober Grid. And it does for addicts and alcoholics what other social networks do for the public at large.
Founded in 2015 by entrepreneur Beau Mann after a bright light struck him at Sundance, Sober Grid is, says Wiki, “the largest social mobile networking application for people with substance abuse issues.” Sober Grid “connects sober people and those looking to get sober” based upon their whereabouts. In other words, it provides nearby sober support with the mere touch of a button.
But Sober Grid is more than simply a geosocial networking app. There’s also a time-oriented newsfeed containing posts from Sober Grid users. And within the Grid itself, a “need a ride” feature for those looking to make a meeting, etc, as well as one that addresses a user’s “burning desire.”
Furthermore, Sober Grid’s recent acquisition of Ascent means the app will now also be able to provide HIPPA compliant, round-the-clock peer coaching support. First to access the app will be those who have received access codes from their sponsoring treatment agencies. Soon though Sober Grid’s Ascent will expand to offer direct-to-consumer private peer coaching.
"The statistics are grim,” says Sober Grid CEO Mann. “Someone with addiction works hard to break the cycle. But 40-60% percent of people will relapse.”
“We built Sober Grid so those in recovery could feel the support of others going through it,” he continued. “With the addition of ASCENT, those who are struggling can talk to or text a trained addiction coach.”
Ascent itself has been has been using virtual peer coaching to help those in recovery since 2016. And its customers include hospitals and treatment centers, as well as mental health and substance abuse county boards. Unlike traditional recovery coaches, who typically keep office hours, virtual peer coaching allows those in need to reach out at night and on weekends, when cravings can be particularly difficult.
Kinda just like Sober Grid itself.
Now the Applause
Recovery Boot Camp founder Tim Schnellenberger recognized the necessity of strong sober support when he founded Healing Properties back in 2002. And it’s the strength found in our adjacent sober living community that informs RBC’s addiction treatment.
So we applaud Sober Grid, as well as Beau Mann, for helping to expand sober support around the world. We’d also like to congratulate him on the acquisition of Ascent. With Sober Grid membership at 130,000 and rising, it’s a cinch the sober support community will be getting stronger every day.