What Do Sober People Do For Fun?

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Raised by 5 people in 6 months
My name is Natasha Cheatham, and I am helping those in recovery regain an active & healthy social life. After being addicted to alcohol (and a variety of other substances) for 11 years, I entered my sobriety journey with much trepidation. I was ready to grow and become a better version of myself, but I wasn’t ready for the fun to end. When I initially stopped drinking (cold turkey), I assumed that my life would instantly be filled with purpose and I wouldn’t even miss the chaos that was my life, especially the negative consequences that came with it. Well, I was wrong. Yes, I volunteered my time, went back to work, completed my associate’s degree, and even joined (and became active in) a church. My schedule was overloaded and yet I still felt like something was missing…

After attending countless individual and group therapy sessions, and observing my own interactions with my peers, I saw the need to answer the question: "What do sober people do for fun?” The answer was incredibly hard to come by, and from that Minority Recovery Collective Inc.  (MRCI, pronounced mercy) was born. With the support of like-minded peers, family/friends, and professionals, MRCI strives to provide safe and sober gathering spaces for minorities in recovery to promote healthy and positive social re-integration.

(From left to right: Bianca Harris (LMHC), Sabrena Suggs (Peer), Natasha Cheatham (Founder), & Keith Baker (Peer). 

Current practices and programs in recovery tend to neglect the aspect of social skills (re)development, outside of 12 Step Programs. Because alcohol (and substance use in general) has been normalized by pop culture and is now embedded into the majority of social activities, those in recovery often feel that their social life is lacking. Making it that much harder to integrate into sober living, while reinforcing isolation and other detrimental behaviors.

Our Mission: to normalize recovery through healthy social interaction.

With your help, we will raise the necessary funds to continue to provide social gatherings for people in recovery, at little or no costs to them. Your donation(s) will go toward the following:

$275       -              Filing fee to obtain nonprofit (501c3) status (completed February 15, 2019)
$1500    -              Secures venue for Sober Socials for the year
$200       -              Covers the cost of website (for a year)
$100       -              Covers the cost of business cards

(Flyer for our next Sober Social in Indianapolis, IN)
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