Helping News                                                   July, 2022   Issue 160

By Lambeth Hochwald
Apr 20, 2021

When Ruby Warrington coined the term sober curious and wrote a book with the same name in 2018 she had no idea she was ultimately creating a cultural paradigm. (To be part of the sober curious movement you are actively reevaluating your relationship with alcohol.)

“I think the reason the movement spread is that it gave language to people who were quietly behaving in a ‘sober curious’ manner but had no way to describe what that meant,” Warrington says. “They also lacked permission to talk about it openly. Creating a space for this alternative path to sobriety or even if it’s a reevaluation of a relationship with alcohol, has opened the floodgates.”

Since then, more than a handful of sobriety apps have landed on the market, including Loosid, which bills itself as a sober social network that provides support for those who are struggling with alcohol or are in recovery, and Tempest, which offers virtual support meetings, daily emails, and one-on-one coaching sessions.

“I went from thinking I was the only one to feel a certain way about alcohol to creating this global movement over the last five years,” Warrington says. “This has been accompanied by a lot of destigmatization around alcoholism, addiction, and mental health in general. Those things coming together rapidly tells me it’s becoming much easier for people to talk about these topics.”

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