Community FAQs


If you’ve got questions about the Tempest Sobriety School community, we’ve got answers. (But if you don’t see yours below, please reach out to

I haven’t received an invite to the Secret Facebook Group yet. How can I join?

First things first: make sure you complete the Welcome Survey so we can capture the email address associated with your Facebook account.

If you’ve completed the Welcome Survey and still haven’t received your invitation, make sure to check your spam and promotional folders as the invite can often be flagged as either.

Still haven’t received it? Email us.

If you're interested in joining under an anonymous account, there are instructions to help you below! Once you've created your anonymous account, make sure to complete the survey with that info or email the team at

How private is the Facebook Group?

Secret Facebook Groups (SFGs) are closed groups created by an administrator, in this case TempestHip Sobriety, where you have to be invited in order to find and participate in the group.

The following additional privacy settings also apply:

  • The group’s name is only visible to current and former members —it's not searchable.

  • Only those who are in the group can see who is an active member in the group.

  • Only current active members can see what you post or what others post within the group.

  • Anything that shows up in your newsfeed is only visible to you. These posts are notifications for you; they are not public to your friends and family.

See below for how to manage notifications.

How do I create an anonymous Facebook account?

If you would like to join the Facebook community anonymously, you can do so by creating a new Facebook account under a pseudonym or nickname.


  • Email address. If you already have a Facebook account it will need to be a different email than the one you already use.

  • Name of choice. A word of caution: Facebook will occasionally shut down accounts under false names. This is meant to be a protective measure to save their users from being scammed. However, it does come as an inconvenience for our purposes. We recommend you do not choose the name of a fictional character from a movie or a book. It’s best to go with a nickname and your middle name if you can.


  • If you don’t have a second email already, you’ll need to create one. Feel free to use your preferred email server, e.g., Google, Yahoo.

  • Once you have your new email you can sign-up here on the Facebook home page. Follow their procedures for registration.

  • Once you've created your new profile, make sure to email send us an email at with the email address associated with your account so we can invite you to the Secret Facebook Group.

I'm getting a lot of posts from the group HSS in my newsfeed. Can I turn this off?

Yes, you can manage the notifications you receive on your newsfeed within the group page itself. Follow the below steps:

  • Open the HSS Secret Facebook Group.

  • Look for the "Notifications" button on the Hip Sobriety School Banner.

  • When you click Notifications, you'll see three options to manage posts:

    • Highlights. Notifications for suggested posts based on who you've friended on Facebook and posts you've commented on

    • Friend's posts. See notifications for posts from friends only

    • Off. You won't get notifications from members’ posts

  • Go back to your Newsfeed and look for one of the posts from your fellow students. Look for the three dots in the upper right hand corner.

  • Click here and choose to "Unfollow the Group." This will prevent further notifications from showing in your newsfeed, but allows you to be an active member with access to the page in your Groups menu (on the left hand side of the screen).

How do I join the Q&A with Holly?

We use a video conference software called Zoom for the weekly live Q&A. The software is free and you can download it automatically by visiting this page.

We recommend taking the calls at your laptop or desktop, though Zoom does have an app that makes calling in from your mobile device easier (see instructions for this method below).

Once you've signed up for Zoom, you can join the call itself by taking one of the following steps:

  • Click on the URL link that is provided in your reminder email, pinned to the Facebook group, or on the Calendar page on this course website.

  • Copy the URL link and paste it into your browser's address bar.

  • If you've downloaded the Zoom app beforehand (either the desktop app or mobile app), you can start the meeting from your Zoom app directly. Click on Join and then enter your scheduled meeting ID to start the meeting (this meeting ID is the 9-digit number provided to you in the email and at the end of the URL link).

The password to join once you've launched the application is: COMING SOON!

Trouble launching Zoom? Read more here.


How do I join the Q&A from my phone or tablet?

If you are unable to join the call from your laptop or desktop, you can join using the Zoom app for either Android or iPhone.

Once you've downloaded the app on your phone, you can open the email on your mobile device, click the link, and the application should open on your phone. It will ask for the meeting password which is hssjan19.

How do I join anonymously?

If you choose not to sign up for Zoom and simply launch the application on your desktop, it will prompt you to enter your name. You can enter any alias or pseudonym you choose!

If you've downloaded Zoom on your desktop or mobile device beforehand, go to "My Account." The very first screen when you log in is your profile page. Here at the top of the page you can click "edit" to the far right of the screen and change you name and/or add a photo to your profile.

I'm on the call. How do I ask Holly a question?

If you are at your computer, there will be 3 ways to voice your questions for Holly:

  • Anonymously using this entry form

  • Live  by "raising your hand” in the Zoom application

    • To raise your hand, look for the menu bar at the bottom of your Zoom screen. Note, you may need to hover your mouse over the bottom of the video for this option to appear.

  • Chat function within Zoom

    • Do not direct message Holly. Instead, chat Megan directly and she will make sure Holly gets your question.

    • Additionally, please try to limit your use of the chat function to “Everyone.” The notifications can be distracting to your fellow attendees.