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World’s largest recovery app, Sober Grid, can predict relapses! Bringing artificial intelligence and machine learning to addiction.

February 16, 2018


Sober Grid, Inc., a National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health supported company, in partnership with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, has successfully developed technology to identify if an individual is at heightened risk for relapse to drug or alcohol use. Sober Grid’s massive data set, coupled with existing and new algorithms, shows significant promise to improve outcomes to combat today's addiction crisis.

Sober Grid has an impressive leadership team that includes Chief Operating Officer, Chris Pesce, a Boston College and Johnson and Johnson alumnus, and the esteemed Mr. Lon Sherrritt, as its Chief Data Scientist. Lon was Director of Research and Technology at Boston Children's Hospital’s Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research for 18 years and was also an Associate Researcher at Harvard Medical School. The Sober Grid team has worked closely with a leading addiction researcher and team of data scientists and machine learning experts at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine to develop the precursor technology for a system that will predict those at highest risk for relapse and deliver timely interventions in an effort to prevent it. Through this system, Sober Grid is able to identify language cues that correlate with potential for relapse. Sober Grid is widely known as being a leader in the addiction space, and has managed to gather the largest user base in the mobile peer support recovery community. Their large user base ensures that Sober Grid is able  to gather sufficient data to produce valid results. They are also being advised by Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld and renowned addiction expert Dr. Warren Bickel, amongst many others.

Sober Grid intends to pursue phase II NIH and NSF grant projects. In phase II they aim to deliver efficacious interventions to individuals who have been identified as being at heightened risk for relapse. The savings that this could create for society by saving lives and reducing the trillion dollar cost of addiction are massive, and public and private payers could see billions of dollars in savings.

For additional information about Sober Grid, please visit, for info on University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine click here, or click here for the National Institute of Health or here for the National Science Foundation, and for info on Beau Mann please visit Beau Mann[Office1] 

About Sober Grid 
Sober Grid is the largest social network for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, providing a free, peer support network to a community of over 107,000 members from over 100 different countries. Some join to get support, others to give it. Each download, post and connection creates an opportunity to stay sober while helping others do the same. Members have access to 24/7 peer support, the ability to check in and track their mood, complete daily quests to reinforce sober habits, connect with others who are sober in their area, and track overall progress. Sober Grid is available for free in the Apple and Android App Stores.

About Beau Mann 
Beau Mann is an entrepreneur who has started and advised several digital companies. He is a member of the invitation-only Forbes Technology Council and has been featured in numerous TV, radio and print publications which include the New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, just to name a few.


He most recently launched a very successful social network, Sober Grid, which has been adopted in 80 countries. 
He currently sits on the board of InvestAcure, a NYC based micro finance app founded to provide a tool to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Mann is enrolled in a Micro Masters program in Artificial Intelligence at Columbia University. Mann also studied strategic management at Harvard University.





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