By Rachel Lerman
The Seattle Times
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “WeConnect’s” founders hope to connect people in recovery through technology. The “WeConnect” app lets people track their recovery days and activities, and easily reach out to sponsors or friends when they need help.
The Seattle Times
Daniela Luzi Tudor was running her first tech startup in California when her co-founder confronted her: Tudor needed to get help for a drug and alcohol addiction. Until she did, her co-founder said, their close friendship would have to take a step back.
“It was the first time I really felt unconditional love from another person,” said Tudor, who is now 31 and living in Seattle. Her former co-founder and now best friend Adrienne Trewolla truly cared, Tudor felt.
Tudor acknowledged she was using alcohol and cocaine too heavily, a reality that sunk in even deeper when she ran out of money, lost her car and couldn’t find a new job. But even when she moved back to Seattle where her parents supported her, she thought she could stop drinking by herself.
For nearly a year, “I tried to stop on my own,” she said. “For every few days I could put together, there was a next binge. That’s pretty typical because recovery doesn’t work alone.”
Tudor now runs a growing Seattle startup, WeConnect, that seeks to address that very issue — recovery needs to be about community. The company’s app lets people track their recovery days and activities, and easily reach out to sponsors or friends when they need help.
The idea for WeConnect, which used to be called Palalinq, first popped into Tudor’s head when she was starting an inpatient recovery program in Kirkland, after a short stint in jail.
She had failed to show up for a court date and landed in jail in Burien. That experience, and her continued bingeing, shook Tudor to her core.