Michigan’s first sober bar opens in Lansing on Monday

LANSING, me. (WLNS) – Teresa Stokes made it her life’s work to help people recover from things like alcohol to find stability. There she had the same conversation over and over again with people who were trying to find a new path of freedom.

“Where are you going? What are you going to do? What are your new coping skills going to be? So they had to think about it and say we really had nothing to do. I mean, they have nowhere to go. They can’t go to a bowling alley or a movie theater go nowhere that alcohol is not served, said Stokes.

She knew she had to do something, so she opened the state’s first sober bar on South Martin Luther King Boulevard called Wing Heaven Sports Haven.

“It gives them a sense of security. They know they have a place to talk to their friends outside of the AA and NA meetings, ”said Teresa Stokes, co-owner of Wing Heaven Sports Haven.

For people like Joshua Carr, he knows what it’s like to fight. He has been fighting addiction since he was 14 years old.

“I looked down on myself for a long time and thought I wasn’t worth it,” said Chef Joshua Carr.

Now, 18 months sober, Carr hopes this place will become a light where people like him can come and hang out with other people in recovery and community.

“Now that I have the opportunity to give something back, I feel great. It shows that I can do anything and anyone who recovers can do it if they have the ability to be honest with themselves and do something different than what they did, ”said Carr.

Stokes says she wants this space to be a place that helps bring the entire community together, a place where everyone can feel welcome and safe.

It’s a sober bar, but not just for people in recovery. It’s for anyone who can bring their kids here, they can just hang out. No need to order anything, just come here and be safe.

The bar will officially open on Monday at 11 a.m.

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