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What’s the Most Sober City in America?

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Talking about sobriety apps and social sobriety seems almost redundant at this point! Lighthouse has already reported on a variety of ways people in recovery are using social media to help stay sober – what’s next?

Well, the fine folks over at Recovery.org figured it out! They recently put together a great article on the most popular recovery hashtags, the most sober cities, and the most sober states in America!

They also recorded the least sober cities and states. They took all this information from Instagram…so it may not be the most scientific. Still, it’s a pretty good cross-section of what recovery looks like online in 2015.

Find a breakdown of the most sober cities below, as well as some images courtesy of Recovery.org!

The Most Sober Cities

Before we list the actual cities, a quick note on how this list was calculated – it’s based on the number of times hashtags like #recovery and #sobriety were mentioned in a specific city.

Does Delray Beach top the list? Well, unfortunately not…but we are in the top 10!

  • 1) Costa Mesa, California

  • 2) Los Angeles, California

  • 3) San Jose, California

  • 4) New York City

  • 5) Murray, Utah

  • 6) Pasadena, California

  • 7) Heath, Ohio

  • 8) San Diego, California

  • 9) Delray Beach, Florida (hey, that’s us!)

  • 10) Albertville, Alabama
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  • 11) Midvale, Oklahoma

  • 12) Santa Clarita, California

  • 13) San Francisco, California

  • 14) Malibu, California

  • 15) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • 16) Salt Lake City, Utah

  • 17) Austin, Texas

  • 18) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 19) Simi Valley, California

  • 20) Santa Monica, California

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The Most Sober & Least Sober States

Now that we know the most sober cities, it should be easy to guess the most sober states…right? Wrong!

Well, sort of wrong. Check out the list below to see what we’re talking about.

  • 1) Utah

  • 2) California

  • 3) Florida

  • 4) Oklahoma

  • 5) Nevada

  • 6) Alabama

  • 7) New York

  • 8) Connecticut

  • 9) Arizona

  • 10) Ohio

Based on the list of the most sober cities, we assumed California would be first, Utah would be second…and so on. Turns out that isn’t the case.

While the sober cities list only measures the popularity of sobriety using #sobriety and #recovery, this list uses a ton of hashtags, including ones like #soberlife, #alcoholicsanonymous, and #wedorecover.

Once you add all those in, Utah becomes the clear winner. In fact, the popularity of recovery hashtags in Utah is over twice as much as California! And don’t even get us started on little old Florida.

Okay, now we know the most sober states…what about the least sober? Well, they are:

  • 41) Wyoming

  • 42) West Virginia

  • 43) Arkansas

  • 44) Wisconsin

  • 45) Montana

  • 46) Iowa

  • 47) Kentucky

  • 48) North Dakota

  • 49) South Dakota

  • 50) Mississippi
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It’s interesting that states like Kentucky and West Virginia – located in Appalachia and among the hardest hit by heroin and painkiller abuse – rank so far towards the bottom of #sober states.

You’d think those states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic would also have a thriving recovery community, right? Maybe a small recovery community, but still some.

Turns out that isn’t the case. What we can take away from that fact is the idea that recovery should be everywhere and anything we – men and women in long-term recovery from substance abuse – can do to make that happen is well worth the effort!

Sober Grid – The New Social App for Sober People!

Have You Heard of Sober Grid?

sober grid
image via the Sober Grid website

Well, have you? Chances are yes, as the new app has been making the rounds of newspapers, blogs, and recovery websites.

Oh and did we mention Sober Grid also has an impressive 23,000 plus downloads and a perfect five star rating based in the App Store?

So, what’s this new sensation all about? Well, according to creator Beau Mann, it’s a way for sober people to connect and to share personal updates. When asked by Metro about the specifics of his app, Mann responded, “We didn’t have a app that was location-based to help you connect with sober people.”

He went on to note that a huge number of “niche” apps already exist – why should a sobriety social network app be any different – and that Sober Grid not only helps men and women in recovery meet other sober people, it’s also a way to share sobriety anniversaries and other personal information that may not be appropriate to post on Facebook or Twitter.

Sounds good to me! Read on to learn more about this hot new app and what it allows users to do.

Speaking of apps for people in recovery – check out our list of helpful sobriety apps!

What’s Sober Grid All About?

So, what exactly does Sober Grid do? Well, the first thing to point out is that it lets users create a profile. You can list your age, description, home, sobriety date, gender, and other personal information. You can also upload a picture.

Even though you have the option of creating a profile, you can also use the app anonymously. This is designed specifically for those who wish to protect their anonymity but still connect with other people in recovery. You can also chat with other users, favorite their profiles, and even block them.

Another feature, which is pretty similar to Facebook, is the Newsfeed. Here users can post status updates, pictures, memes, personal messages, and anything else they want.

There are two unique and defining features of Sober Grid that separate it from other social media though. These are the Need a Ride and Burning Desire function.

Need a Ride is a neat little feature that lets users request a ride from others nearby. It’s useful for those in early-recovery who might not have a license or be stuck in a situation that’s making them want to drink.

The Burning Desire feature is also pretty neat. If someone’s struggling and close to a relapse, they can press the Burning Desire button which then highlights their profile in red. This allows other users to see someone is struggling and reach out to help them.

Kind of cool, right?

Sober Grid’s website describes the app in the following way,

Sober Grid users have the ability to reach out to the community for support at any time the need arises. Sober Grid makes it easy to reach out to the sober community. If in need, a user can select the “Burning Desire” button to let other sober people know they need help. This feature also provides an opportunity for those who want to connect with and help others who may be having a difficult time.

The sober community thrives on having a safe and supportive environment. Sober Grid provides a platform for this community online. The app allows one user to connect with and help another instantly from nearby or at any distance.

It’s worth noting here that although the app is free to download, users can choose to pay for “premium.” It costs $39.99 a month, which is a bit steep, but offers the ability to post more photos to your profile and enter something called stealth mode.

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What People are Saying

Like we mentioned above, Sober Grid has a perfect 5 star rating on the App Store. It boasts over 23,000 downloads and a large Facebook following. So, generally speaking, people seem to love the app.

Still, there’s been some backlash that it’s nothing more than a sober dating and hook-up app. In fact, one of the main screens looks suspiciously similar to an online dating site – with users’ profiles laid out in a never ending scroll.

In a recent New York Times profile of Sober Grib, the following point was made,

The photos of potential friends can make Sober Grid seem like a dating app for teetotalers, an impression Mr. Mann would like to discourage. He hopes it will appeal to a broader group.

“There’s lots of sober people that are married, and if it’s a dating app, they won’t be able to go on there and get the support that they need,” he said.

I haven’t personally used Sober Grid, so I can’t speak to what it’s like on the app. Still, it’s a good sign that the founder is actively discouraging users from looking at it as a way to hook-up with others in sobriety.

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Over at popular recovery site The Fix, users are raving about Sober Grid. They’re saying,

“I really enjoy Sober Grid … The burning desire and need a ride options are brilliant. It’s perfect for those 2am crises, as well as general travel … This is the latest and greatest tool in staying stopped. Definitely worth checking out!” -Frankilicious

“this is awesome, a sober facebook” -Ryan J.

“Fellowshipping has never been so easy.” -D0W3

“This app allows me to stick with you all, and if you’re sober today you are a winner.” –Noah

So, the overall opinion about Sober Grid is positive. Check it out and let us know what you think on social media!

Learn about the Ohio woman trying to fight heroin addiction through an innovative app!

Is This App the Next Chapter in Recovering From Heroin?

Everything You Need in the Palm of Your Hand

mobile app helps with heroin recovery

The stakes for addicts’ lives have never been higher as the heroin epidemic continues to rage across our country. Overdose deaths are up in just about every state, county, and city. It seems like everyone knows someone who’s been affected by heroin or painkillers.

Desperate times call for creative solutions – and that’s just what an Ohio woman came up with.

Brandy Spaulding, an intern at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, was convinced there had to be some way to harness recovery into our phones. Everyone’s on their phone 24/7 anyway, she figured, so how can addicts use this to help their sobriety?

With this idea in mind, she created something called Squirrel Smart Recovery. The app, explained in detail below, allows recovering heroin addicts to get the support and strength they need.

Read on to learn just how Spaulding and her app are trying to revolutionize recovery for heroin addicts!

Speaking of creative solutions – learn about the mobile methadone clinic that’s set on ending heroin abuse in Baltimore!

Squirrel Smart Recovery

We’ve reported on sobriety apps before, and probably will again, but what makes Squirrel Smart so innovative is that it focuses only on heroin. This pinpoint focus allows it to do things that other, more general, recovery apps can’t.

What exactly does this app allow users to do? Well, it’s most groundbreaking features are:

  • Squirrel Smart allows you to rate your mood, cravings & stress throughout each day. This info is saved & allows you to get a holistic, bird’s-eye view of your recovery.

  • It allows you to create a ten person “support team.” You can text your supporters throughout the day from the app. The support team can also view all the info mentioned above (mood, cravings & stress).

  • Squirrel Smart tracks the amount of time you’ve been sober & offers rewards & incentives to continue.

  • It has an emergency button. If pressed, all ten of your supports are immediately notified.

  • It also features testimonials & encouragement from others in recovery.

Those are all pretty cool, right? Since Squirrel Smart Recovery is so new, it remains to be seen how effective this digital approach will be. Still, Spaulding and the rest of the Wexner Medical Center remain hopefully about the positive impact their app can have on the recovery community.

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Will Apps Replace Traditional Treatment?

One question Squirrel Smart and other recovery apps bring up is whether this new, digital recovery will replace traditional channels. Although that seems unlikely, let’s examine this idea a bit closer.

In today’s increasingly internet dominated world, people text more than they call. Squirrel Smart has taken this idea to heart and offers users the ability to notify their support system though texts.

This type of “text therapy” is attractive to a lot of people, especially millennials. As that generation grows, matures, and some get sidelined by drugs and alcohol – sobriety apps offer an attractive way to get better without having to make phone calls or meet face to face.

young people using their phones to get healthy

It’s a far cry from using apps, text, and the internet to help with recovery, to making them the center of someone’s recovery. Still, the potential does exist.

I’m left wondering whether this is even a bad thing. Although there’s no doubt that face-to-face, inpatient treatment is the gold standard of treating addiction – do digital avenues offer the same growth potential?

That remains to be seen.

Regardless, I think everyone can celebrate the fact that recovering heroin addicts now have one more tool to help fight addiction. People are getting better and lives are being saved – what else really matters?

This addiction therapist was arrested for trafficking heroin…what the hell is going on?

Can I Get Sober on My Phone?

Recovery on Your Phone?

Everyone’s on their phone 24/7. It’s a part of life. The sky’s blue, grass is green, penguins are the cutest animals, and smartphones are surgically attached to our hands. Them’s the facts.

For addicts though, our phones can be helpful with recovery. Not only can we call anyone, anytime, but we can also go online and read twelve-step literature. We can attend online meetings. We can reach out to treatment centers and recovery organizations. We can…use sobriety apps?

sobriety apps

What’s a sobriety app? Which sobriety apps are good? Should I have to pay for a sobriety app? Learn the answers to these questions and more! Let’s find out how to get plugged in to sobriety resources on our phones!

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What’s a Sobriety App?

Well, it’s pretty self-explanatory. A sobriety app is any app that helps with your sobriety! There are a ton of these. In fact, a quick Google search turns up pages upon pages upon pages of sobriety apps!

There are twelve-step based apps. These sobriety apps show you how many years, months, weeks, days, and minutes since your last drink or drug. They have the Big Book and Basic Text available to read. They have local meeting and intergroup locations, numbers, and addresses.

There are religious based apps. These have scripture and verses pertaining to addiction and recovery. They have church, synagogue, and mosque directories.
There are self-help sobriety apps. These have tips and tricks to help in recovery. They have links and contact information for non-twelve-step based groups and organizations.

There are about one million more sobriety apps! With so many different choices, how can we make sense of them all? Which apps are good and which apps aren’t? Let’s find out.

Some Good Sobriety Apps

12 Steps AA Companion

This app has a running sobriety calculator, the Big Book, AA intergroup directories, and meeting times. It also allows you to highlight and save passage of the Big Book for easy access.

This is my favorite sobriety app, hands down. I’ll admit, I’m a little biased though, ‘cause I downloaded it when it was free! Today, it costs between $1.99 and $2.99, depending on your phone.

AA Big Book and More

For those who don’t want to pay, there’s this app. AA Big Book and More has the Big Book, a sobriety calculator, and delivers daily motivational message.

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Sponsor Support

This neat app makes sure you’re always able to reach your sponsor. You can call and email your sponsor through the app. You can journal. You can keep AA meeting info (location, time, etc.). You can even keep track of your therapists/councilors. Oh, and Sponsor Support’s free. That’s a pretty sweet deal!

Friends of Jimmy

This is an NA sobriety app that has a sobriety calculator. It also offers A TON of slogans and motivational messages with cute graphics. Friends of Jimmy isn’t yet ready for download, though the site claims it’ll be coming out any day now.

One Day at a Time

This app offers the Big Book. It also has a sobriety calculator, but unlike other apps, let’s you compare your sober-time to friends. Think of it as a reminder to do the next right thing! One Day at a Time costs $1.99.

Lift – Daily Motivation

This app keeps you motivated. It’s easy for us addicts to start something, but finishing it? Well, that’s a bit harder. Enter your goal and when you complete it, Lift throws you a smartphone party! Lift is free.

Mindfulness Meditation

This app offers at-home (or on the go!) meditations. It allows you to pick the length of meditation and offers soothing, guided instruction. It also lets you share your personal meditations through social media. Mindfulness Meditation offers a free lite version.

iPromises Recovery Companion

This app is like a recovery calendar. It reminds you of meetings, appointments, and personal goals. It also has an out-of-town AA meeting directory. iPromises Recovery Companion is free, so get it while it’s hot!

Biblical Encouragement – Alcohol Addiction

This app has the bible. It offers recovery related passages and lets you highlight and save favorite verses. You can even share them with your friends and family through social media. Biblical Encouragement – Alcohol Addiction is .99 cents.

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