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A key part of addiction recovery is finding a like-minded community. Out of the 40 million Americans struggling with addiction, 24 million are working towards recovery, and encouragement from others can bolster those efforts.

The Loosid app (iOS) seeks to create a digital sober community, providing support to members and celebrating the choice of sobriety.

"Through Loosid, it's easy to find other people who share your perspective, who know all too well that being sober doesn't mean life has to be boring," Loosid said in a press release.

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Through Loosid, people seeking a sober lifestyle either for recovery, religious or moral reasons, or just to keep a clear head, can find a network.

MJ Gottlieb, co-founder & CEO of Loosid, told Download.com that up to one third of Americans live a sober lifestyle, representing more than 80 million people.

In addition to creating a larger sober community presence, Loosid is attempting to make a social impact. The app offers members a free suite of recovery tools to help them maintain their sobriety. Users can also connect with new friends, find dates, and seek out groups in their community, as well as events that are alcohol and drug-free.

Loosid joins the ranks with other sobriety apps like Hey, Charlie. However, Gottlieb said that while other apps focus on recovery tools and tips within the community, Loosid is meant to enhance the recovery community experience.

"There is a stigma that sobriety is the end of fun, and one of our top priorities is to show that, not only is it NOT the end of fun but only the beginning. We believe it is critical to show that being sober can be filled with tremendous excitement adventure and fun," Gottlieb said.

As a recovering addict himself, Gottlieb said Loosid's dating feature is also important.

"[W]hen I used these apps, most of the women I met on the traditional dating sites felt that they would feel very uncomfortable about the fact that I didn't drink, and would go as far as to say wondered how I could possibly be any fun. Loosid takes that entire component away," he told Download.com

The app isn't affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or any recovery program, Gottlieb said, but it does honor the traditions outside of established organizations.

"[P]ersonally speaking, I am an advocate for the 12 steps of recovery and [a] firm believer of the program of recovery," he said.

(Credit: Loosid)
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  1. The Loosid app was created to help recovering addicts or people living a sober lifestyle find a like-minded community.
  2. The app links users up with friend groups, dating options, and sober events.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.