This is where we begin.

We are so, so excited you are here with us for the next eight weeks. During the orientation, we give an overview of the different parts of the course, look at how to navigate the website, and let you know who is who on the team. We will also examine the concept of addiction in general and look at Tempest’s philosophy of addiction and sobriety. A guiding principle of the course is to start before you’re ready. So ready or not, here we go!

In this orientation, we will learn how to

  • reframe sobriety and recovery as an empowering journey during which we create a life we don’t want to escape from

  • identify addiction as both involving a root cause and an addictive cycle, and that to address addiction we must address both problems

  • navigate the course structure and understand what each piece provides

  • visualize what our future sober self and world could look like

  • recognize that this experience is our own and there is no “right” way to do it  

The Orientation lecture is the first of two live lectures throughout this course. Watch it live here at 8 PM EST on Thursday, August 1st.



For the Orientation slide deck, click here.

For the Orientation workbook, click here.



A copy of the video with additional course material will appear on your student dashboard at at 12 PM EST on Friday, August 2nd; just scroll down to the Orientation course description and click “Launch Week.”

If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you at