Written By: Maureen M.
Soberlink: My Game-Changer
Soberlink is a hand-held device breathalyzer with a camera. It operates in real-time and has the capability to request a sobriety test on command (within an hour). It is monitored by the client along with a health care professional/sober coach. In fact, some states even utilize them as a tool for law enforcement. It is a great asset for making sure someone abstains from alcohol. In fact, if you decide to drink you are stone-cold busted within fifteen minutes. Trust me, it has happened. It is relatively small and can fit in a purse or bag. Truthfully, it really looks like a cop’s breathalyzer.
So, here’s the million-dollar question: “If you’re so confident in your recovery, why do you need a machine to back you up?” Here is my reasoning:
I am a metrics-driven person, which is to say I love numbers, countdowns, etc., etc. I like being able to look at lists, watch them progress. I like to see the coins in the jar grow and grow until they reach a mark. In short, it motivates me! I am driven when I can “see” progress.
Secondly, I have a reputation for being a bit impulsive to put it mildly. In fact, for much of my recovery-attempted life, my relapses have been spur of the moment. Rarely do I really think things through if deep down I know it is bad for me. Hence, I have had multiple relapses in twenty-five years with very little forethought.
Another reason I like the Soberlink is because I like the idea of knowing that it if I fell off the face of the earth tomorrow, somewhere in black and white is PROOF that I was SOBER! Believe me when I say that I would have my share of doubters of my sobriety should I meet an early demise.
Perhaps it’s my history, but I have a strong fear of people not believing me. I don’t like to be questioned on my word and for an alcoholic that can be quite a conflict. Addicts and alcoholics have a long reputation of being “less than honest.” Why should I be any different? My reactions can sometimes be over the top and I can get quite upset. Truth is, it doesn’t really matter to anyone if I drink again except me! I am not GETTING SOBER for anyone EXCEPT ME!
I am a big advocate of the Soberlink device. If I had it my way, EVERYONE in early recovery should be required to participate in this program. It is results-driven. I am proof. My first “attempt” at recovery was twenty-five years ago. I have a multitude of stories of relapse after relapse. Today, as I type this, I have nearly thirteen months of continued sobriety. This is something I attribute to hard work, a kick-ass counselor and my trusty Soberlink!