Sponsor App Launches to Provide Mobile Recovery Platform for Millions of Americans Affected by Addiction

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Sponsor helps maintain sobriety by connecting people, providing social network for recovery community

The latest messaging, social network, geo-location and encryption technologies have been used to create a secure global online platform for people in recovery, working to maintain their sobriety or currently struggling with addictions. Called “Sponsor,” the just-launched mobile app and platform helps people maintain their sobriety by staying connected to others who are sober or in a recovery program.

The Sponsor app is designed to be a resource to assist in the recovery process and is not a replacement for meetings or other forms of addiction counseling or treatment. Sponsor is currently available in the Apple App Store with an Android version expected in mid-2017.

“Addiction is a disease of isolation and connecting with others is a key element of recovery and the fundamental component of all 12-step programs,” said Joey Carson, founder and CEO of Sponsor. “Sponsor gives people with any type of addiction a platform to reach out for support, get and share information, and manage their sober life and recovery relationships in one place.”

Key features of Sponsor

  • Facilitates daily real-time communication between alcoholics/addicts, which is an integral component of all 12-step recovery programs.
  • •Secure messaging to provide a safe environment for one alcoholic/addict to talk with another.
  • Make your location visible through the local feature to reach out to others nearby for support or to find a meeting.
  • Create a profile using optional fields to control how much information is provided to others; share as much or as little as you want, or remain completely anonymous.
  • Find, invite and add friends, create private groups and organize into categories.
  • Post personal updates, comments, information, resources, questions, pictures, links and other content on the friends’ newsfeed.

Carson, a former television industry executive and pioneer in reality programming, founded Sponsor following a relapse after 25 years of sobriety. Having regained his sobriety, he is currently an advocate for people suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction and is well-known within the recovery community for his efforts.

Some basic facts on addiction

  • Per a recent report from the U.S. Surgeon General, one in seven people in the U.S. is expected to develop a substance use disorder at some point in their lives and only one in 10 will receive treatment.
  • 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.
  • More than 10 percent of children in the U.S. are living with a parent who has problems with alcohol.
  • An estimated 95 percent of people who need treatment for alcoholism do not think they need treatment.
  • Approximately 450 people die every day from drug and alcohol related overdoses; this rate has more than tripled during the past 20 years.