Naperville Man Making Addiction Recovery Easier -- Especially During COVID-19 Pandemic

Jennifer Keiper
June 17, 2020 - 10:09 am
Addiction Recovery
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- For those in addiction recovery, it may be hard to find a convenient meeting these days due to COVID-19 precautions, or odd work schedules, but a Naperville man, who has been sober for a decade and still attends meetings, said he wants to make easy for others to do so.

And he is doing it using what he knows best: interactive web design.

It looks like a group video call, but this call focuses on addictions and how to kick them.  The addiction recovery meeting site is being developed by video game and interactive web designer Antonio Sanders, who himself has been to many recovery meetings over the past 10 years.

He said that he got the idea for Meeting Makers Club during the state's stay-at-home order. 

Antonio Sanders, of Naperville, said this will be a free platform and "anonymity is a big part of recovery, so there will be features in place. People will have to register, become a member, verify their identity via email, and that kind of stuff, so that they can have access to view everybody else in the meetings. So if someone does not want to verify, they can have access to the meetings, but they won't be able to see everybody there."

Sanders also said the platform will allow members access to meetings anytime of the day or night – something that you can’t do when you get off of work at odd hours, or when you need a meeting right now - but to become a member of Meeting Makers Club, you’ll have to register. 

He’s still in the fundraising and development stage, but when done, Sanders said this will be a free platform and member driven, so they can create a meeting for any addiction that’s out there.

"Once the meeting is created, they will have access to be able to share that, like a link, to the meeting, so that they can share that with their recovery group, and it will also be available to the entire Meeting Makers Club platform," he said.

You can learn more about Sanders’ project at meetingmakersclub.com.