Staying Sober at Coachella is Not Impossible
The group met Thursday night and Friday morning in the camping area. (Coffee was provided, of course.) But the main meetings are held inside the festival grounds while the action is underway. The crew -- which has grown to almost 30 people strong, mostly from Southern California -- spend a half an hour or more talking to each other about recovery.
[page][image-2]In the midst of all the chaos is when the group demonstrates its strength by sharing experiences and offering support.
"It seemed like a natural thing for most of us, because going to music festivals is something we enjoy doing and recovery is an essential part of our lives," says Johnson. "Once we did it a couple of times there was no turning back."
Don't get them wrong -- the festival environment can be an intimidating place for those in recovery. The goal? "To help people and make them aware that they can be safe," says Smith.
Concludes Johnson: "Soberchella is a spiritual oasis in the desert."