Thomas McAlinden

Experienced Professionals to help you
navigate your recovery


Let’s be honest, getting sober is one of the hardest things people can do. Trying to do it alone and without help can make it much harder. This is where we come in and assist you or a loved one struggling with early recovery from addiction and other negative behaviors.


Sober Companion NYC services include

but are not limited to:


Sober Transport

Sober Companions

Referrals to Sober Living Facilities

Narcotics Detection Canine





Families in crisis due to a loved one’s addiction often feel frustrated, angry, and alone. Our experienced certified interventionists can provide a safe environment to meet with the family member. Interventions are done with the utmost respect, compassion and can be the catalyst to get loved one’s to admit that they need help. Addiction is a progressive, fatal illness and interventions can be the first step in saving a loved one’s life.

Interventions are usually the only option left for families who have exhausted all other attempts at helping the addict in their family. We can determine if an intervention is appropriate after assessing and discussing all the facts of each case.

Educating families about the co-dependency of addiction and giving them tools to break that destructive cycle is another goal the interventionist will meet.


Thomas is a member of the Network of Independent Interventionists.


Sober Transport


Navigating airports, subways and major cities can be a stressful, confusing task for anyone. Newly sober people or people in crisis can be overwhelmed by it all. Sober Companion NYC can work with families to make sure their loved one has a sober escort to help get them to appointments, including traveling to and from treatment centers. Our escorts have valuable experience and can ease the fear, uncertainty, and confusion of such times. Our escorts are sober many years and can give the client much needed support and encouragement because we have been there ourselves! Although we are based in NYC we have escorts with experience traveling the entire country. We can provide the professional and personal attention recovering people need during their transition from addiction to a sober life. For more information please give us a call.


Sober Companion


Generally the first 90 days after initial treatment are the most fragile time for newly recovering people. The risk of relapse can be lessened dramatically with the help of a sober companion. We can provide a plan of action from short to long term companionship. Working with treatment centers, therapists and family members we can assist clients in restructuring their daily life, a life free from alcohol and drugs.

A sober companion can be a “round-the-clock safeguard” dedicated to providing clients with a strong foundation in those early days of recovery.

Clients who, due to various circumstances, cannot go away for an extended period of time for impatient treatment or are unable to extend their current time in a treatment center can also utilize and benefit greatly from a sober companion.

Our companions are hand picked by Thomas McAlinden, the President of Sober Companion NYC. Each companion has an average of ten years of continuous sobriety. Thomas personally supervises each of his companions to ensure the client’s needs are being met. Thomas has been sober since 1994 and has worked in the alcohol and drug intervention field and recovery field since 2010. For more detailed information on sober companion services please give us a call.


Referrals to sober living facilities


Part of the services offered by Thomas and his team at Sober Companion NYC is to assist clients and their families’ find appropriate sober housing when that is needed.

Thomas has a vast network of therapists, clinicians and experience working in the sober living field and he can utilize them all to help place clients at the sober house that will best help them in their recovery. Transport to sober housing is available upon request.


Narcotics Detection Canine


canine1Among the many services offered by Sober Companion NYC is the use of a trained narcotics detection dog.
If you suspect a family member or friend is in trouble with and using drugs we can help. Have you searched in vain to find the substances you feel your loved one has been using? While the team here at Sober Companion NYC is very experienced and adept at finding contraband in homes, offices, etc. The services of our professionally trained canine are often used to definitively find out if drugs are being used in a particular home or office.

We can end the speculation.

Our detection canine is a black labrador named Mik. He was trained by a police department and an organization named Worldwide Canines in Texas. Mik is very good at his job. If there are narcotics in your home, office, etc. Mik will find them. The question of whether a son, daughter, spouse or partner is using drugs will be answered.
Mik can also check a home for the presence of drugs while a family member or friend is away at a treatment facility. He will make sure the home is safe for your loved one to return to once treatment is finished. The peace of mind can be very reassuring to families.


Once families have the knowledge of the situation, we can advise them of options that are available. The decision on what to do next is ultimately left to the family. We basically say “Here”s what Mik found, what do you want to do about it.”


We would like to add that we are not interested in being punitive or getting anyone “in trouble”. We do not disclose what Mik finds to any law enforcement agency. We do, however, recommend to families that those options are available if they themselves choose to use them. We would much rather hope that the information we gather be used toward getting addiction treatment for the person using the drugs. We are very discreet when bringing Mik into homes or offices. He is very gentle and tame but he is serious when it comes time to work.

Among many things that help people suffering from addiction are accountability and responsibility. Our canine Mik keeps those principles at the forefront of our primary goal: helping people with various addiction problems.

Please call or email Sober Companion NYC today if you are interested or have questions regarding the services Mik provides or the various other services we provide.