The Power of the Online Support Network
One of the coolest things about my recovery today is that I am no longer willing to sit and do nothing when I am going through a rough patch of life. And I no longer wait till last minute to find some help either – although I still do try to help myself as much as possible (he he, some habits are hard to break!) What I usually do is up my meeting attendance, make a few calls to my recovery network, and read some recovery literature – basically I stay closely connected to my recovery community. Yet… this rough patch is something so new to me, that I am feeling very lost trying to get through it (oh, there will be a blog post about it!).
So with all that, I have not been able to get to enough meetings and connect to my recovery community as well as I would like too! But, I’ve been able to read recovery blogs, and connect to the recovery community on Facebook and Twitter, whenever I need it! And every night before I go to bed, I check-in and see how others are doing. And all these great people out there in the cyberspace, will help me stay grounded and sober another 24 hours. There really is an amazing fellowship out there! I am truly grateful that all these people turn to writing and sharing about their recovery. I am thankful for all the honesty and strength and determination that people are willing to share. I am amazed that even people from Australia, UK and Russia have the same struggles when it comes to alcoholism and/or addiction. I am truly amazed and I know that I am not alone!
When I was getting sober I didn’t know about any type of recovery that was done online – meetings were my only support line. That was also before getting married and having two more kids. My life now, is quite busy – OK, it’s actually crazy busy with three kids and a house to take care of, and a full time job! I often forget what day it is, and when and what has to be done! Sometimes I feel like I am going through the motions just to keep everything moving in some sort of an order! Of course all these “problems” are my gifts of sobriety, without which none of this would have even had a chance to be happening. For that I am very grateful. But I do have to remember that my recovery comes first, always.
So as you can tell, I am super grateful that all of you exist, and blog, and share, and help each other. I have been sober for a while now, but I have to keep it fresh in my mind, because it’s always out there waiting. Waiting for me to get complacent, waiting for me to get comfortable, I know it is, it’s happened to me before! Those people that say you can’t get struck drunk, sheeh, they know nothing, I surely can. Lol! My last drunk, I was happy, nothing bad was going on. I walked in to a grocery store to get some food for dinner, and I walked out with a box of wine! What? Then a three day blackout followed! Yes, that really did happen!
Now days, I still attend at least one meeting a week, but often, I feel like it’s not enough. So more and more I have been relying on the online recovery network! Although it does not have the same face-to-face connection that is so very important to me, it has been very helpful and helps get me out of myself, and stop constantly worrying about the day to day issues. Knowing that people are out there, and are also working hard on their recovery, and staying sober through life’s challenges make me feel more capable of getting through it too.
Here are a few online connections that have been my biggest support lines:
*The websites and FB pages also have corresponding Twitter accounts. This is why I only included hashtags that might help you find the recovery community.
There are also whole bunch of amazing blogger all the amazing bloggers which you can find the links to under Fellow Bloggers, in the right side bar.
Thank you for being out there, and always available, for when I need to stop feeling so uniquely alone, and for when I need to quit wallowing in my self-pity, or I want to stop feeling totally overwhelmed! All I have to do, is pick up my phone or iPad, and continue reading about how you all are doing life sober, so I can stay sober, and in return, I hope, that I also help YOU stay sober!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.