Some of you may notice that the “Health Maven” badge is missing from beneath George’s bit of wisdom on the right. I find that most of Wellsphere’s professionals are waaaay up in their heads, and seem to have mostly theoretical notions about alcoholism and addiction. Beyond that, the site is so diluted by other issues that I see no likelihood of its becoming a particularly useful resource for the recovering community at large. The other sites and online resources in which I participate seem to be far more effective in both attracting and informing folks who are serious about recovery.
I’m sure Wellsphere’s founders have their hearts in the right place, but they are trying to re-invent the wheel. WebMD does it better, as do any number of other sites. As to addicts and alcoholics: they’re dying right now. I don’t have time to mess with start-ups that aren’t — in my opinion — sufficiently focused.