You may have noticed a recurring theme throughout our articles. That sobriety is not achieved in isolation. We have stated before that getting sober is only half the battle.
Some will even tell you that’s the easy part. Remaining sober? Well, that’s where the difficulty kicks in…
Pretty much everyone we have written about has declared that they could never have maintained a life of sobriety completely on their own. It’s been proven time and again that peer support is a key ingredient in getting and staying sober.
Beau Mann had been in recovery for quite a few years when he found himself out of town at the Sundance Film Festival. Feeling distant from his hometown sobriety support group, he wanted to connect and socialize with other sober people. He missed the people at home who had helped him maintain his own sobriety.
Mann believes that connection is vital to those who are away from their established sober support community. He realized in that time away from home that there was a great need for a social networking app for people in recovery.
At that time there were a lot of dating and special interest apps but nothing that was exclusively for sober people. Taking that experience and wanting to bring addiction peer support into the digital age, Beau founded https://www.sobergrid.com/.
One might describe Sober Grid as a Facebook for people in recovery.
Although the interface can remind users of Tinder or Grindr, Mann is quick to point out that Sober Grid is not a dating app. Sober Grid was designed to provide those looking to get sober, and those in recovery, with access to a community, focused on sobriety.
The Sober Grid app is completely free to download. There is also a premium membership available for a monthly fee. The proceeds from premium users allow Sober Grid to be self-supporting and further develop the app.This includes adding new features, releasing new updates, and responding to feedback.
A highlight of the Sober Grid app is the ability to reach out to the community for instant support. This is done by selecting the “Burning Desire” button. The Burning Desire button is an icon with a picture of a flame. Pressing it lets fellow community members know that there is someone in need of immediate help and support.
While users can certainly remain anonymous, all are encouraged to share their location in order to get on the grid. A GPS locator user interface displays user profiles and distances from them. This facilitates finding other sober users nearby. It can be especially useful when traveling away from your hometown support group.
Providing a location can also help users if they need a ride. Pressing the ride button makes your profile glow green. This alerts others in the vicinity that you need transportation to a 12 step or other social recovery support meeting.
The Sober Grid news feed runs like all other social networks. It’s a safe space to share thoughts, photos, struggles, and experiences. There are always users online for communication and interaction. Similar to Facebook, members can like statuses and leave comments on posts. Members can block other members and delete their account at any time.
Sober Grid’s executive management team is made up entirely of sober people in recovery. Notice another recurring theme? People in recovery helping other people in recovery. Beau Mann and Sober Grid believe that giving support can be just as helpful and healing as getting it. Viral recovery at it finest!