Welcome to my little piece of the internet pie. I’m Laura, founder of The Sobriety Collective

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. You can be famous, quasi-famous, internet famous, or just a regular John/Jane Doe. Heck, I’m not famous or even close to quasi-internet-anything famous but I believe I have a lot to contribute: ideas, music, love, friendship, my general quirkiness and zest for life. And snort laughs.

So here’s the deal: 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. ARE. SOBER. We went through something terrible (I know I did!) and managed to turn our lives around, with the help of others *or* by ourselves *or, {insert whatever you want here}.

And here we are, happy to put our name stamp on sobriety.
We recover together; we stay sober together.

I have the utmost respect for 12-step programs. I spent some time, over the 8 years 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.


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