I got sober in Los Angeles at 21 and my parents had cut me off. I was still new to Los Angeles, having left Illinois, moved to Morocco and then moved back to L.A. I had very little money and I definitely could not afford to get my own apartment. I didn't want to end up with some stranger from the classified section, I wanted somebody my age, who was cool and sober. I wanted to live my life drug-free and knew if I shared an apartment with someone getting high, I would be tempted to use. I wish there had been a site like Roommates in Sobriety at the time. It was hard finding a roommate.
I was 24 and living in New York City working as a stylist when I got sober. I knew I had been out of control and living life of the edge and it was time for me to get sober. I didn't want my lifestyle to end, I just didn't want to get high anymore. I always ended up renting from people that were partying hard and finding myself moving out just as quickly as I moved in. I had horrible roommate experiences. Patty and I created Roommates in Sobriety for people out there just like us who didn't want to come home to insanity but someone who got it and had similar interests.
The Need for RiS
Lauren and I happened to get sober at a really young age. Being active in the community as well as working in recovery for many years, we found that women and men were continually asking us if we knew of anyone looking for a sober roommate or had a sober room to rent. As we traveled around the country, the same questions arose in the community, where can a sober person go after treatment? After leaving a sober living, where can I go to feel safe and committed to my sobriety? We started Roommates in Sobriety for sober individuals living in communities all over the U.S. could find like-minded roommates. A place where people can connect with each other and create a safe, drug-free home.
The feedback has been amazing. We are seeing people share our posts on Facebook, retweet our tweets, and tell their friends at meetings. Whether someone is looking for a new sober friend to get an apartment together, has a room to rent, or looking to rent a room, Roommates in Sobriety was created just for you. It's a free resource, which we know will greatly benefit the sober community all over the United States and eventually (we hope!), the world.