“It caused a repeated cycle of therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness camp, 12-step meetings and treatment, all accompanied by short stints of clean time.”Most recently, after getting clean, Nauleau spent time reflecting on his experiences, which was when the idea of Sober began to take shape.
He drew on knowledge about his own addiction and attempts at recovery while planning and developing the application.
“(Getting sober) was a very difficult process, as I imagine it would be for any teenager,” Nauleau said.
I’ve always been an enthusiastic member of the Tinder bandwagon, and I’ve always been vocal about it—the good, the bad, and yes, the ugly. In this storyline in my mind, we would bond over And this one time, it worked.
I even made sure to include the fact that I was sober in my bio, thinking it would keep anyone from messaging me and asking me to grab a drink. Out of the bazillion people using Tinder, I found ONE other sober person (one who was open about it, at least). Long story short, he went back to using, dropping me in the process, and I faced a long road of nursing a shattered heart, knowing that finding another sober person on Tinder was a long shot. Then I met my current boyfriend, and even though he isn’t sober, all is right with the world again.
I’ll admit, I was also thinking that maybe it would inspire a young, sober guy to message me.
We went to an AA meeting on our first date, went on to have a few more dates, and texted and spoke on the phone constantly. But, I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t crossed my mind that a Tinder for the sober community would be a brilliant idea—not necessarily for dating, just for the sake of meeting new people like myself.