Drug recovery app offers free coaching to minorities in Ohio

Mike Woods is a peer recovery coach for the Sober Grid app in Cleveland. Courtney Hergesheimer/Columbus Dispatch

If you are battling addiction, there’s a place where you can receive an inspirational message, check in with others who are struggling and get access to professional coaching.

All you have to do is pull it up on your phone.

The virtual place is Sober Grid, a free iOS/Android app that functions like a social networking site for 300,000 members in 170 countries. Coaching sessions typically are $99 per month, but minority communities in Ohio can receive this service free through Sept. 30 because of multiyear funding made available by the State Opioid Response (SOR) project.