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Friday Night Pep-Talk: Finding Help and Support in Recovery

Deciding to overcome an addiction to alcohol could be the most important decision of your life. Once you understand that you have a problem and need help, deciding what to do next can be confusing.

There are a lot of resources available that can assist you in your journey to get clean and stay alcohol-free. The Internet is a great place to find general information about alcohol abuse and addiction, the common signs that you may have a problem with alcohol, and tips for getting sober and staying that way. Getting clean from alcohol may be challenging, but there is no reason you have to do it alone!

I tried to include the networks that I have heard good reviews about and that the websites appeared like they were filled with great information and useful links.

Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. (From: Alcoholics Anonymous Preamble.)

E-AA Group of Alcoholics Anonymous. Online open AA meetings for anyone with a desire to quit drinking, online help for AA members, links, forums, chat room (including scheduled chats ), and a journals of sobriety are also available. (From E-AA.)

Official SMART Recovery Web Site. SMART Recovery® is an abstinence-based, not- for-profit organization with a sensible self-help program for people having problems with drinking and using. Not a 12-step program.

  • Chat Meetings. Most SMART online meetings are held inaParaChat room which is accessible in several formats.

    "Coming Together" © 2008 by Peter W. Michel

    “Coming Together” © 2008 by Peter W. Michel

  • Message Board. A bulletin board forum for those interested in SMART Recovery.
  • Find a Smart Recovery Meeting. Search the SMART database for face-to-face meetings in your area.

Sober Mommies. This blog was created for sober women to connect with each other, share our stories of recovery, and provide hope and resources to you! We do not claim to be professionals or experts on anything. We are a few sober women who blog about what it used to be like for us and what it’s like now. We want to share our stories and experiences with others to offer hope to those that may be struggling, and connect with other sober moms.

Spiritual River. Website dedicated to helping addicts recover and reclaim their lives. Following a personal journey of a recovered alcoholic, Spiritual River provides inspiration for others to do the same. If you are in need of help call 888-724-3186.

The Bubble Hour. Our mission is to provide hope and inspiration to people who are wondering about their drinking, struggling to get sober, or who are sober and want to stay that way. The podcasts are the main focus of this page, but we will also be offering sober resources and websites, posting information and articles, or anything else we think may be helpful.

The Fix Resources. Your One-Stop Resource Guide to All Things Addiction Related. Contains an extensive list of recovery resources as well as support groups. (From The Fix.)

*All references from Health: Alcoholism unless otherwise specified.

Where else have you been able to find support? Please share!

For other Friday Night Pep-Talk posts click HERE.

If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with alcohol addiction, please click the Find Support link for an extensive list of support groups. Also please check out the links to many useful resources in the sidebar, and always feel free to contact me anytime at

You may also find some great inspiration and support from all the awesome sober bloggers listed in the side bar under POSTS I LIKE and RECOVERY BLOGGERS, as well as Sober Courage page on Facebook and Sober Courage on Twitter.



  1. Love it! I wrote something about different methods…and here they are! I have to admit I don’t know much about some of them. I will now have no choice but educate myself a little bit here, with your wonderful links and information there.
    I too had to filter out all the information…it can be overwhelming. You did a fantastic job in organizing this. With the interweb and support groups and outreach program and such out there, I dare anyone to not know about ways to get help.

    Thanks Maggie – have a wonderful weekend!!



    • Hi Paul! Thank you! I have to say that I learned a whole lot too. All I knew was the 12 step program and I had no clue that there was so many other options… Maybe it wouldn’t have taken me soo long to get sober… Maybe it would have never made a difference, I don’t know. But I am just hoping that if someone is looking, they may stumble on to here and find something that may help them! And now I know more and can pass some of this on to the newcomers too. Win-win!


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