Sober Krew Turns Sobriety Support On Its Head

By Kelly Burch 02/14/19

“The man above has blessed me with this talent to skate on my hands, so I use it to share my story in the skate parks,” said the founder of the Sober Crew.

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Nate Provost has an unusual talent: he can ride his skateboard on his hands. Not just for a moment, but for up to half a mile. While that may seem like a useless, if impressive, party trick, it does have a purpose—Provost uses it to grab people’s attention and talk to them about sobriety. 

“The man above has blessed me with this talent to skate on my hands, so I use it to share my story in the skate parks,” Provost, who lives in Oregon, told The Mail Tribune

Provost’s story is not a particularly happy one. He started using drugs at a young age and estimates that he has lost most than 100 friends to overdoses and accidents caused by drug use. He himself almost died in a horrible car crash. Instead, he survived and vowed to get sober. 

Today, Provost is more than three years sober, and has started a thriving Facebook group to support people in recovery. The group, Sober Krew, has more than 9,000 members, all of whom come to get and give support. Provost and his sponsor, David Genesis, started the group as a way to give back. 

“As we found recovery and turned our lives around, we knew we wanted to give back. We want to provide a bright, supportive environment when people are in need of support in recovery,” Genesis said. 

Provost, 33, says he keeps a close eye on the page so that the tone remains upbeat. 

“There is no negativity allowed,” he said. The group is an important lifeline for many, and has even reached out to people who were contemplating suicide. The group also welcomes people who are still struggling with addiction but are trying to get sober. 

Provost and Genesis said they grew up middle class in loving families, but still fell victim to drugs. 

“I came from a great family. I just chose a dark path. (Because of it) I had a rough life and eventually pushed my family away,” Provost said. Luckily, in recovery he has reconnected with his family, including his three kids. 

When he was using, Provost did virtually any drugs he could get his hands on. 

“I would go to parties and immediately head to the bathroom or the kitchen. That’s where it all goes down. I wasn’t there for the party. I was there for the drugs,” he said. 

However, today he realizes that his life is better without substances. 

“My life’s good right now,” he said. “I am not numb anymore. I hear birds chirp... which I never did before. I am grateful.”

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.