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!).

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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.

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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:

Websites:

On Facebook:

On Twitter*:

  • #recoveryposse
  • #recovery
  • #xa
  • #sobriety
  • #addiction

*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!

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 sobercourage@gmail.com.

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.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. mishedup says:

    Ah Maggie….
    you are such great support to others, I may not always comment but I read your posts religiously! I am sorry it’s rough right now. This time of year can really overload us, I’m seeing it all around me and feeling it myself. I love the online support, but for me the IRL support is crucial. I have also been slacking off, and this was a good reminder to me today…back to basics.
    Know that I am one of those people sending prayers and good vibes and whatever you need…support for sure.
    Get to a meeting!!!
    (I am saying that for BOTH of us….never alone)

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    1. Yes, yes! I need my hugs and i can only get then at meetings though i send many online too! Lol! And yes i love the support online too! Thank you Mishedup for always stopping by, i truly appreciate your support! Hugs!

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  2. stopthewineing says:

    thank you SO much. im 7 days today, i finally told my husband yesterday. well, not actually, i pulled up my blog and told him to read it as I went to work. i knew he would be supportive, but it was still scary. other than that, no one knows. i started this to get stuff out of my head, then I found more people like me. but other than this and my husband, i have no support, and really no clue what I’m doing other than just not drinking. i will check out all of these. thankyouthankyouthankyou!

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    1. Hang in, the beginning is always the hardest but it does get better and easier. Support is really crucial because like anything new, we learn from each other and find that we have lots in common and that alone makes thongs easier. Congrats on 7 days! Woot woot. Keep moving forward and stay in touch – just not drinking is a great start! 🙂

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  3. Wonderful post. I am amazed at how much I really do lean on the Twitter community and the blogging community. I used to feel bad about not hitting enough face-to-face meetings, but I realize that in many ways, my head is more in the game than the “meeting makers make it” folks because I am in constant, constant contact with alcoholics and addicts all day and all night. (Not trying to compare – what I mean is that I make more contact with others than if I ONLY went to meetings and nothing else). Only on twitter will I wake up at 5 am and have an immediate discussion with someone who went back out on heroin and trying to chat with them, give them some support. What a way to start my day! This kind of interaction has happened many times, in all sorts of ways. People approach me about their spouses or partners, etc. I feel such relief in being able to help and to be helped (I have my bad days too)

    Anyway, thank YOU for being such a wonderful support Maggie! Like Mish, I know that I still need face-to-face, no matter what. It’s a great partnership.

    Blessings
    Paul

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    1. Thank you Paul! This is a great comment! Because in many ways the online support is so always available, right now, no time zone, no weather, no money is needed to connect and help someone! That is the best and like you said when do you get to help someone at 5am! Very cool! Thank you for all you do and all the amazin support to provide! Woot woot! Hugs.

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  4. Donna says:

    Great post! My recovery journey started online, and it took me almost 3 years to get into the rooms, in person. I have mentioned my online community at meetings, and you can see the tail feathers ruffle up, the necks stiffen, the lips purse, around the room. I guess some people don’t approve of the online venue, a couple have told me personally in fact. Some people think that taking it online is ruining the “anonymity” of the program. I guess that could be true, but I can’t deny that I wouldn’t even be in recovery if I hadn’t reached out online first. I learned I was really and truly an alcoholic in online groups, and the members (many of whom are now friends) helped me work up the courage to try a real meeting in my city. I am grateful for my online recovery community ❤

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    1. Thank you for this great comment. I agree that the online community is vital to my recovery also even though I love my meetings too. I know that some program people are gains it and that’s their choice. It’s important for us to find what works for us and use all the tools that work for us. Recovery is not one size fits all!

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