Daily Herald: The Sober Bar

April 14, 2013 8:08:08 AM PDT
Some people don't understand the concept of a "sober bar" like The Other Side, a first-of-its-kind spot in the Midwest that's set to open April 27 in Crystal Lake.

"They say, 'You're going to open a bar without booze? What's the point?'" said Chris Reed, 22, of Algonquin, president of the non-profit group behind the project, New Directions Addiction Recovery Services. "If you're choosing a sober lifestyle, this will be a healthy atmosphere. It's an important place for people in recovery."

He knows just how important. Reed, like many of the New Directions board members, is a former drug addict.

You can read the full story in the Daily Herald's edition from Sunday, April 7, 2013, or online at dailyherald.com.