Staying Sober at Coachella is Not Impossible

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Curious Josh
Did you know that, for some people, Coachella represents a big ol' Alcoholics Anonymous meeting?

Since 2009, New Orleans couple Bob Johnson and Jane Smith (not their real names) have led 12 step meetings on the festival grounds for those who, like themselves, are in recovery. They call their group Soberchella.

But one wonders: Is there a harder place to be sober than at Coachella?

See also: Coachella 2014 Bands and Drug Pairings Guide

The spot is undoubtedly ground zero for folks who want to party their brains out for three days straight. Folks don't call it Drug-Chella for nothing.

But, believe it or not, some people actually go for the music, and that's the case with most everyone involved; they're psyched about the opportunity to see acts like The Cult, The Knife, Nicole Moudaber, Disclosure, Toy Dolls and The Replacements. And just because there's a bunch of drunk and high idiots running around isn't going to stop them.

"I've never heard the serenity prayer with a trap beat at any other group before," says Johnson.


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Francisco García Medina
Francisco García Medina

Estamos por festejar otro aniversario mas de ke la libertad llego a la vida de miles de hombres y mujeres en el mundo!Yesterday,today,tomorrow and always alcoholics anonymous!Thanks god....

Jim Hill
Jim Hill

I went to a meeting at Coachella my first year sober

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