SOLUTION

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Technology as a sober living facilitator

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Improve likelihood of long-term abstinence:  Working with a sponsor can improve abstinence rates by 33-50%

Reduce strain on public health system:  “People Powered” health approaches have demonstrated potential savings the UK public health system ₤4.4 billion

Prevent crime & Keep addicts in recovery and out of jails:  7/10 offenders in Canada’s jails are substance abusers

Empower the recovery community:  Those who sponsor have a 91% level of abstention over 7 yr periods.

 

Treating Alcoholism: People Powered Help – Priorities

 

Sponsors                    Communities                    Resources

Facilitate connections between sponsees and sponsors:  App that recommends suitable matches for sponsors or sponsees

Create communities of support networks:  Helps users find others in recovery

Offer resources and sober living coping strategies:  Resource Hub of recovery tools, literature, strategies for returning to work and/or adjusting to family life, and outside supports

“Peer support can improve quality of life and help to keep people living with mental health problems and illnesses out of hospitals and out of the criminal justice system” – MHCC

Sponsor Finder will be open to all those seeking sobriety – not just those in AA.  You will be able to select a volunteer among those selected for you based on your profile and together,  you and your sponsor can create goals and objectives, discuss coping strategies, and other life skills to help you live life on life’s terms – sober.

Sponsor Finder will have resources for you to help you determine what you may want to look for in a sponsor, suggestions for your first few meetings, workbook links, self-help tools and resources, and even ways to “break-up” with your sponsor and move on to a new one (because in sobriety, we all grow and – as we grow – our needs change).

* Sources:  William L White Papers, Nesta, Crape, et al., 2002, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Mental Health Commission of Canada