We are happy to announce that Sober Nation will be contributing articles to The Delray Recovery Center blog. Sober Nation will provide a fresh perspective on recovery and life after treatment. In our introductory post to this series, we interviewed Tim Stoddart, the man behind the thriving online recovery community that is Sober Nation.
How did you come up with the concept for Sober Nation?
That is a tough question to answer. The truth is the concept of Sober Nation really has evolved. At first, the idea was just to build a directory for people who were looking to get help for themselves or for a family member. Overtime, we learned that Sober Nation really is a community. It is what I am most proud of. We kept writing, and kept sharing our ideas with the small fan base we had. Eventually, we learned what people like, and the kind of help people are looking for. People kept sharing Sober Nation with each other until one day Sober Nation became what it is today.
When and where did you start Sober Nation?
In my apartment. Almost three years ago. Time does fly.
Can you tell us more about the purpose of Sober Nation?
We are always looking to improve, and provide resources for people. From the beginning, I knew that we had to approach Sober Nation differently than other recovery websites. So much on the internet is for treatment. Treatment centers do a very good job of putting their website in front of people. I didn’t want to do that, I wanted to start a community. We like to talk about recovery, and not necessarily treatment. Recovery comes in all shapes and sizes. We learned that there are lots of people who get sober without the Twelve Steps. We learned about amazing people who overcame mind blowing challenges. We learned that recovery is a bond that people have with each other. For the most part, people who have overcome their addiction have strength in them that is unparalleled. Sober Nation has 12 steppers, and people who use SMART recovery. People who found religion, and people who just decided one day that they didn’t want to drink anymore. There are thousands of people all over the country who participate in what we do because we talk about something different. I love it!
We recently started a clothing company, as well. We keep our designs consistent to recovery. We don’t break traditions with our shirts, and we just want to have fun. I remember when I got sober my biggest fear was that I was going to be bored, and we really try to advocate that recovery is a blast. You really can do anything you want with your life once you get sober. Hopefully we inspire people.
For the most part, it is just me. However, I have a group of friends who help me. There is a small group of us that all help each other in our individual projects. We each have our own projects that we are passionate about. It’s a give and take relationship we all share.
I have been very lucky to have smart, sober, great people in my life. The workload for Sober Nation does fall very heavily on me, but I have met with writers, photographers, designers, musicians, all over the country. I really consider all of my fans team members, because I get pictures and emails sent in to me every day from people who want to contribute somehow. Again, that’s what a community is all about. People just want to be heard, they want to share their ideas, their passions, their hope, and experience. Sober Nation would be nothing without the loyal following of the people we have. It blows me away.
What made you decide to become a contributor for the DRC blog?
A lot of people don’t know this, but the owner of DRC was one of the first people I ever spoke with when Sober Nation was first started. I remember very vividly walking in circles around my apartment complex talking on the phone with Joe [Petri]. I was picking his brain, and asking all the questions I could about search engine optimization and internet marketing. A few weeks after that, he met me for coffee, and we spoke more. Sober Nation was so tiny then; I wonder what his thought about it would be today.
What’s next for Sober Nation?
Great question. I want to get involved with colleges, but I just don’t have the time quite yet. My biggest priority is to treat everyone I speak to with respect, share our culture, and just see where that takes me. It has worked well so far. I feel like letting Sober Nation evolve has been one of the best things I have done. I’m excited to see what the people want next.
Tell us something interesting about yourself most people may not know.
I love Pitbulls. They really are the best dogs. I love tattoos. I love to run. Running, really, is the only time where my mind stops racing so much. I love to read and write, but most people know that about me. There’s not too much that people don’t know about me really. I wear my heart and my ideas on my sleeve. If there is one thing, it would be that I am terrified of the ocean. I like snakes, I have always thought spiders were fascinating. Bugs don’t bother me much, but the ocean just feels like a place people are not meant to be. I feel so silly when I talk about it because I think the ocean is beautiful, but it doesn’t feel like a place that people are meant to be. I have legs, I’ll stick to walking on land.
We at The Delray Recovery Center are excited about our partnership with Sober Nation, and look forward to sharing their articles with our readers. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook, where we comment daily on addiction and recovery.