BY AMANDA CHATEL | NOV. 6, 2022
We live in a very alcohol-centric culture. We drink when we celebrate, we drink when we're sad, we drink at Happy Hour, and who hasn't picked up a bottle of wine on the way home from work so you can relax with a few glasses while watching "The Office" for the 50th time? Drinking is so ingrained in our society that it takes true courage to not only admit you have a problem with alcohol but actually take the steps to work on that problem. And, even when these people do, sometimes the cards are against them. According to The Recovery Village, almost one-third of alcoholics will have a relapse in their first year of sobriety and 70% will relapse at some point during their lifetime.
"Alcoholism is a disease that is often a combination of factors ... people born with a strong family history of addiction have an uphill battle to avoid it themselves," Nicole Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC, tells Bustle. "There is also the factor of addiction and what it does to the brain. Taking substances literally alters the brain — the way it functions, the way they think."
Because sobriety is such a difficult process and temptations are everywhere, dating can be a struggle for those with addiction. There's not only that awkward conversation of explaining your sobriety to someone new, but social settings can really test someone's willpower and commitment to their sobriety. That's why sober dating apps are essential in making people feel less alone in their recovery and search for love.
Clean and Sober Love
The Clean and Sober Love dating app (CASL) boasts more than 30,000 members with the same mission, according the site, "the common goal of sobriety." CASL was launched in 2017 by Joaquin Barreda. Barreda, who's struggled with addiction throughout his life and is now eight years sober, wanted to create an app that would match sober people with other people who knew the process and hard work that goes into sobriety.
Similar to other apps, CASL uses the swiping feature to find other sober singles in the area, and like other sober dating apps also includes tips to staying sober, as well as recommendations for rehabilitation and treatment centers based on your geographical location. In other words, there's both help for addiction and the potential for love all in the palm of your hand.
Barreda's commitment to sobriety extends past just CASL and even into a treatment center, Mastermind Care, that he opened in Florida in 2020 with his partner.
Although it finds itself on the list of sober dating apps, Loosid is much more than that. Instead of just being about sober people finding other sober people to date, Loosid is about staying clean as an entire lifestyle (via Healthy Framework). Because of this, making love connections isn't the primary goal. With Loosid, the big draw is getting people who are already living the sober lifestyle together and connecting them on different levels. There are opportunities to chat with other sober people, endless resources to help those in their sobriety and recovery process, and similar sober-related features that aren't just about dating.
According to Loosid's website, their mission is the "belief that being sober isn't the end of the good times, but the start," and boasts a community of American members that is 144 million deep. The app even offers a sobriety and addiction mentor for those who need it.
Read about the other apps here: https://www.glam.com/1086029/the-dating-apps-you-should-be-on-if-you-lead-a-sober-lifestyle/?utm_campaign=clip