Our Founder's Story
I created Tempest because it was the approach I needed when confronting my own dysfunctional relationship with alcohol.
By late 2012, I had been drinking problematically for years but delayed doing anything about it because I wasn’t sure if I fit the definition of an alcoholic, and because I just didn't want to be an alcoholic. So I kept trying to drink "normally" until finally the problem was so bad I had no choice but to do something about it. My moment of clarity came when I realized alcohol was getting in the way of everything I wanted out of life.
It takes an average of 10 years for a person to get help for a substance use disorder, from the onset of their symptoms to when they seek treatment. Meanwhile, alcohol-related deaths have doubled in the last decade.