New Features Launched Today: Improved Check-Ins
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Before we get to the new features, let’s think about the importance of checking-in.
One of the most powerful features of rTribe is the ease of checking-in. Daily check-ins help you in the following ways:
- Track your sobriety. Gone are the days of forgetting when you last acted out, if you check-in.
- Improved connection to your tribe. Now you don’t have to wonder how your accountability friends are doing, you can see their status anytime you open up the app.
- Practice when it’s easy or tough. rTribe makes it easier to reach out when you’re triggered and when you aren’t.
- Checking-in daily helps build self awareness. Taking time to reflect on how you feel and how you are doing can grow your emotional intelligence.
And now we are making checking-in better!
We have added a few key improvements and new features to your check-in experience.
No more accidentally losing your sobriety
We redesigned the check-in and added a double-verification process so that you can’t accidentally tap that you acted out and lose your sobriety. This was a mistake in the design that we have improved. Now you simply tap Yes or No to whether or not you acted out that day, and then tap “Send” to complete and close the check-in.
Now you can include a little note every time you check-in. This is optional, but it gives you the ability to share your thoughts/feelings with your friends; Like what you are grateful for or what made the day difficult or go well.
Currently the check-in journal updates are public to all your friends. It’s for you to share your thoughts and feelings with your recovery community and should create a stronger group bond.
There is a 300 character limit to the check-in journal. However, it is more space than you might think to write about your day. If you want to write more you can always check-in multiple times in a row and keep writing.
Also during a check-in, you can set your Urge to Act Out Level as low, medium, or high. Sometimes we make it through the day sober but still experience a strong urge to act out. Now you can track this each time you check-in. This optional feature is a nice touch to give more nuance to your check-in experience.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PREMIUM USERS: Your Urge to Act Out Level and your Journal will be displayed on the feed for everyone in your tribe to see. If you are using rTribe as a leader, or have people set to ‘Acquaintance”, be aware that they WILL be able to see your urge level and your journals.
We know this is not ideal for every user and we are looking for ways to improve it in the future.
An invitation to vulnerability. We invite you to consider that by sharing your journal check-ins and your urge to act out level, will serve as an example of vulnerability to your tribe. We believe that healthy vulnerability is a powerful skill. Sharing appropriately during a check-in can show your tribe the good and the challenging aspects of your experience, strength, and hope. If you want to read more about this concept, read the impactful book “Gifts of Imperfection” by Brené Brown.
The feed at the bottom of the homescreen has been a little sparse don’t you think? From the beginning it has felt empty and we’ve been dreaming up how we can change that.
We’ve added in:
- The Check-in Journal and Urge to Act Out Level
- A button to be able to message your friends
- And a button to quickly access their progress screens, so you can see more in depth statistics. (Premium Subscribers, where user is set to “Close Friend”).
It is also a simple tool way for you to use to quickly review how you and your friends have been doing.
New Affiliate Screen
There are many great recovery tribes. From 12 Step groups, to inpatient treatment centers and faith-based groups, which many of you are part of. We believe that finding healing in community is at the core of how transformation takes place. The opposite of addiction is connection, not sobriety. That’s why we’ve created a new affiliate screen.
You can access this Affiliates screen when registering a new account or by going to Settings, Profile Info, and tapping on Affiliates. Select which affiliate you are a part of today.
The future of affiliates. We have exciting ideas on building this feature out more in the future.
Today we simply want to know: What tribe are you a part of?
Ideally, in the future we have ideas to connect you with content and programs based on the affiliate you are a part of. We want to do that but the first step is to know who is in what kind of tribe so that we can make the most informed decisions.
If there is a significant tribe that you think we’ve missed, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Improved Access to Progress Screen
Now you can quickly view your progress statistics by taping the progress button (the statistics icon) in the top right of the homescreen, next to the settings button (gear icon). This button also appears on all your friend’s profile screens. We have also added a progress button on the feed of everyone who has given you access to view their progress stats.
If you don’t have friends to help keep you accountable, and aren’t ready to tell someone you know, we can help. We can connect you with friends on rTribe. Read more here.
Transformation happens when you know and are known deeply by others.
Courageously choose transformation, and check-in honestly each day.
Josh, Alex and the rTribe Team