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Virtual Panel: Sobriety In the Time of Covid

Friday, March 26, 2021

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

On the Soberocity Zoom Account


About this Event                        

Sobriety in the Time of Covid is an open conversation about the struggles of retaining your sobriety during lockdown and isolation. The goal of this panel is to give you some tools and ideas on how to build a virtual community of support around you as well as provide some resources such as podcast, online sober community, and online meeting suggestions from our panelists.

This virtual discussion is hosted by Randi Newton, journalist and writer for Vice, Playboy, and Soberocity. Our panelists include: the OG Sober Influencer and Real Housewife, Jennier Gimenez, A&E's Dope Man and National Thought Leader, Tim Ryan, and Founder of Out Loud Recovery, Martha Duke. 

Please send your questions to be asked to the panelists during this Zoom seminar in advance to by 7pm EST on Thursday, March 25th.


1) The Sober Journey - Each panelist will discuss their personal journeys with sobriety and the activism they do within this field to inspire others to seek sobriety through their example

2) Self Care During Lockdown - How do you maintain your inner self during lockdown? Each panelist will discuss how they maintained their self care and how they are currently coping

3) How to Stay Connected During the Time of Covid - Each panelist will give sober resources such as podcasts, blogs, and virtual meetings you can join to help yourself during this time of isolation and beyond

Key information

  • Tickets are $15 for anyone 65 and under and $10 for Seniors, Students, and Veterans
  • You will need to be able to access Zoom or a telephone line to attend this virtual event - you can find more information about how to register for this event after purchasing your ticket on our events page at
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The Panelists

Jennifer Gimmenez: The Original Sober Influencer, named one of Maxim’s Hot 100, and Sober Advocate

Jennier Gimenez is one of the nation’s leading advocates on addiction recovery, and has become a regular fixture on numerous television networks and across multiple social media platforms. Surrounded by a fast-paced Hollywood lifestyle and unprepared for the trappings of fame, Gimenez eventually found herself at the mercy of her own drug & alcohol demons. Both her personal and professional life spiraled out of control and her Hollywood dream had become a dark and lonely place. Ultimately, Jennifer found the courage to reclaim her life and take control of her career. Her journey back to sobriety and her story of redemption are now part of her message to others looking to find their own path to happiness.

Now over 15 years sober, Gimenez has used the story of her recovery to help others, starring on VH1's hit Sober House Seasons 1 and 2, Celebrity Rehab Season 5, and Season 6 of Rehab With Dr. Drew. She's also appeared on The O'Neal's Show on OWN, as a judge on Model Latina for SiTV, Celebrity Wife Swap and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, as well as an expert on top tier media including The View, CNN, HLN, Today Show and ENews and other all press outlets.

Jennifer Gimenez is passionate about helping others battling addiction, eating disorders, mental illness, or any of life's other challenges. In 2013, Jennifer launched SoberBook, a site that allows everyone to be the writer by sharing their stories anonymously. Through these efforts and by sharing her story so openly, Jennifer has become a leading advocate in the substance abuse recovery world. Gimenez and her husband Tim Ryan speak across the U.S and abroad, determined to keep spreading her message of hope and recovery as well as fighting to break the stigma surrounding the horrible epidemic of addiction.

In January 2019 Gimenez was highlighted on the cover of Recovery Today Magazine. This led her to becoming a feature writer for the magazine, under the tagline: Jennifer Gimenez The Real, Real. Her stories include open and raw vignettes about the obstacles and adversities she has faced throughout her career and the demons she continues to overcome on a daily basis. Additionally, Jennifer and her husband, Tim have partnered up in “From Dope To Hope, LLC”. Collectively they seek to end the cycle of addiction and its path of destruction for anyone needing help, one day at a time, one life at a time.

Tim Ryan: Recovering Heroin Addict, A&E's "Dope Man," and National Thought Leader on Opioid Epidemic/ Addiction/ Mental Health/ Suicide.

A tireless advocate for long-term recovery, Tim Ryan is no stranger to addiction. Despite a successful business career, Tim found himself in the grips of heroin and, ultimately, was sentenced to seven years in prison for drug-related convictions. Tim got clean and sober behind bars.

Six months after his release, tragedy struck. His son, Nick – for whom Tim had paved the way to use deadly drugs – died tragically from an overdose. Reaching beyond the devastation and heartbreak, Tim used Nick’s death as the inspiration to spread hope, believing that if even one addict or family could be spared the horrors of addiction, he would make a difference. As a result, he founded A Man in Recovery Foundation, a nonprofit that helps anyone find treatment and recovery.

Today, Tim is the subject of the A&E documentary, Dope Man, reaching millions. He has been a featured thought leader in numerous national media, including USA Today, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and “The Steve Harvey Show with Dr. Drew,” “ The Doctors TV Show”, “Inside Edition”, and a number of nationally syndicated radio shows. He was an invited guest to the 2016 State of the Union Address. He is the author of the bestselling book, From Dope to Hope and Was wrote up in the 2018 in ‘Real Leaders Magazine “ as one of the Top 100 Visionary Thought Leaders in the world.

Tim also found his true love and life partner when he least expected it. Tim is now married to his wife, Jennifer Gimenez Super Model, Actress. Now over 14 years sober, Gimenez has used the story of her recovery to help others, starring on VH1's hit Sober House Seasons 1 and 2, Celebrity Rehab Season 5, and Season 6 of Rehab With Dr. Drew. She's also appeared on The O'Neal's Show on OWN, as a judge on Model Latina for SiTV, Celebrity Wife Swap and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, as well as an expert on top tier media including The View, CNN, HLN, Today Show and ENews and other all press outlets.

Tim and Jennifer also have a top rated podcast-“The Tim and Jenn Show” on all major platforms. Tim is also on the Advisory Board for

Tim’s message is inspiring, because he has walked the journey of addiction and recovery. He spreads hope and tools to those who need them most. Visit

Martha Duke: Sober Mom and Founder of Out Loud Recovery

Martha Duke founder of Out Loud Recovery is three years sober from alcohol. A single mother of two raising her boys in Manhattan. Out Loud Recovery isn’t just a blog, but a mission to break the stigma surrounding addiction and recovery. Through sober meet ups, Instagram and podcast appearances Martha shares her story of surviving childhood trauma, sexual assault, and domestic violence to come out the other side sassier and stronger than ever. Being a Sober Mom is among her greatest joys. With an obsession with ice coffee and her favorite artist Prince she breaks the sober stigma by remaining true to herself with the motto “sober not dead”. 

The Host:

Randi Newton: Sober Advocate and Journalist

Randi Newton's work has been featured in publications ranging from Newsweek, LA Times, Playboy, LA Weekly, The Temper, Soberocity, and TheFix to Good Housekeeping. Newton has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, as a panelist on Fox's The Strategy Room, and is a contributor on Radio Andy XM. She enjoys This American Life, Serial and The Judges of History. Newton is an advocate for addiction and recovery issues and a certified recovery assistant. She enjoys long walks on the beach, streaming movies, and loves iced coffee no matter what time of year it is. 

About Soberocity

Founded in 2017, Soberocity’s mission has always been clear: we want to connect people living a sober life with like-minded individuals through online meet-ups, live streams, and more. We want to change the perception of what it means to live a sober life and make it achievable and attainable for everyone suffering, or who has suffered, from addiction. Soberocity also believes in helping our community to stay sober and to pursue a sober life by offering sober resources and a unique opportunity to connect with other sober individuals. For us, sobriety is a spectrum and we fully embrace all looking to join our community, for together we are infinitely strong.

Soberocity is for anyone with an interest in retaining or gaining sobriety worldwide, including:

  • People who are sober curious
  • Anyone who is new to recovery
  • Anyone who has been in recovery for a long time
  • Sober companions, sponsors, and counselors looking to learn more about the sober community
  • Anyone looking to be surrounded by the sober community and be uplifted by it

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Please note that this panel discussion may be recorded and shared online after the event. We may also use photos and screenshots from this virtual event to be used both internally and externally for learning, marketing and promotional reasons.

If 'dialing-in' to this event by telephone, your number will be visible on the Soberocity Zoom screen. You can dial '141' before the number you want to call to 'withhold' it.

Any views, information or opinions expressed by third parties during this panel discussion are the speakers’ own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Soberocity or its affiliates.

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We look forward to your participation at the Sobriety in the Time of Covid panel discussion.

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