1) What is The Sobriety Collective?
Welcome to my little piece of the internet pie. I'm Laura, founder of The Sobriety Collective. Yep, that's me on the right.
My vision for the collective is to have a living, breathing community of awesome SOBER people, making contributions in music, film, writing, fashion, technology, beauty, business, comedy, photography/art, philanthropy, education, fitness, wherever/whatever/whoever YOU are.
Think of this as a recovery hub. You can shop, read profiles of other sober folks making an impact on their world, browse through hundreds of other blogs/podcasts/resources, listen to podcasts, etc. Lots to do, and all focused on living life in sobriety.
I don't want anyone to feel excluded upon finding this community or to feel like they have to go through something terrible and come out the other end of it in order to make a contribution to society/culture. That’s definitely not the point. But yes, this is going to be somewhat of a niche community because we went through something terrible and managed to turn our lives around.
And here we are, happy to put our name stamp on sobriety.
We recover together; we stay sober together.
2) Why start this?
I have the utmost respect for 12-step programs. I spent some time, over the decade I’ve been sober, in the rooms and I believe the program works for so many people struggling with alcohol (or insert your drug of choice) abuse/addiction. But it doesn't entirely work for me. And in that culture of 12-step, many within believe it's the only way to get and stay sober. I found this notion utterly ridiculous and alienating. I just didn't identify with that way of thinking. I’m not "white knuckling" or a "dry drunk" just because I don't "work a program." I completely changed my life starting July 14, 2007. I checked myself into outpatient rehab, cut ties with toxic people and toxic habits, starting seeing mental health professionals to deal with underlying issues (I'm a big mental health warrior and believe that mental illness and substance misuse are closely intertwined), and slowly patched up relationships that needed mending. I got healthier, physically and mentally, and I continue to, every day. And sure, I have my ups and downs. But just because I don't go to meetings doesn't make me any less of a sober person, or a sober/recovering alcoholic, or whatever the hell you want to call it.
I am still me. But a better version.
3) Going forward...
I am proud to be sober and have NEVER been anonymous about sharing my story. My opinion is that being anonymous keeps sobriety in the shadows and doesn't give it a face. I wanted to start something where sober people who are voluntarily and happily willing to share their stories and their passions can come and "meet" others like them. Maybe you do work a program but want to be a part of this. You’re welcome to be here. My point is that there is so, so much more to sobriety and recovery than just 12-step programs. They can be part of the process but don't have to be the be all and end all.