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My Sober Journey

The Origin of Sober City Recovery Shop & Product Line

My name is Chris R, and on March 15th, 2010, I made a decision to turn my life over to the care of a higher power.  By the grace of God, the fellowship of A.A. and many wonderful sponsors, I have stayed sober.  

When I was in treatment, I was told to memorize the sober slogans and to live by them…I was also told to meditate.  I tried really hard to figure out how to be still and present. It was so hard.  

I started reflecting on the sober slogans and that seemed to work.  Next thing I knew, I found myself sitting still for 20 minutes a day and thinking about those sober slogans. It helped; just like they said it would…and it still does today!  I quickly became fascinated with how simple and potent those sober slogans were in my life. They got me through some tough and memorable times.

In 2013 – I created the very first Sober Cards, a deck of playing cards with a different sober slogan on the face of each card.  In 2018, Sober Meditation Cards came to life.  Since then we have sold thousands of sober gifts with our signature ‘sober slogan design’ to treatment programs, AA groups, sober bookstores and countless sober friends throughout the US.

Many years later, after having a spiritual awakening through these sober slogans, I hope you too will find the same happiness I have found.

Our promise

Quality and Thoughtfulness

Our products are designed with one aim in mind – to support and celebrate your journey to sobriety. We handpick each item in our collection with great care and thoughtfulness, ensuring quality that matches its sentiment. We promise to provide products that resonate with your personal experiences, affirm your achievements, and encourage your continuous commitment to recovery.

Positivity and Perseverance

We understand the importance of maintaining a positive outlook on your path to sobriety. That’s why our products aim to inspire positivity, resilience, and self-love. We believe in celebrating every step of your journey, no matter how small it may seem. Through our gifts, we hope to motivate continued perseverance, helping you or your loved one stay resilient on the road to recovery.


We value the power of connection and understanding in overcoming addiction. Our founder’s personal experience with sobriety shapes our approach to curating gifts that echo empathy and encouragement. We promise to always be a platform that understands your journey, offers products that support it, and celebrates your bravery and commitment to a healthier, sober life.

Passionate About Celebrating Sobriety

We are deeply passionate about celebrating sobriety and recovery. Our founder’s experience taught us the value of commemorating each step taken on this journey, no matter how small. We believe that every moment of strength deserves recognition and that a thoughtful gift can serve as a powerful reminder of the resilience inherent in every individual. Our collections are designed to honor these milestones, providing tangible tokens of progress and perseverance to those navigating their path to sobriety.

Committed to Empowering Recovery

We understand the struggles, the triumphs, and the immense courage required in the face of addiction. This empathy fuels our commitment to creating products that empower individuals on their path to recovery. Each item in our collection carries a meaningful message of hope, resilience, and self-love, crafted with care and intent. Whether it’s a gift for a loved one or a token of self-recognition, our products aim to inspire a positive mindset, celebrate progress, and support continued commitment to a sober lifestyle.