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! There is a growing body of scientific evidence that says participation in support programs greatly increases the chances of positive recovery.
Here are a few of the many support sites:
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.)
Hazelden Social Community. This site is part of the Hazelden network, providing recovering addicts with free membership-only access to online chat rooms and discussion boards. Members also have access to online meetings, podcasts and the book club.
In The Rooms. This site is the worlds largest Recovery Social Network. Whether you’re sober, clean, or seeking help with your drug addiction or alcoholism, we welcome you, and will connect you with other people who share YOUR addiction, in YOUR local area, and all across the world!
LifeRing Recovery. An abstinence-based, worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in recovery from addiction to alcohol or to other non-medically indicated drugs. In LifeRing, we offer each other peer-to-peer support in ways that encourage personal growth and continued learning through personal empowerment.*
Meetings Online. This site hosts online voice and video 12 step meetings for those afflicted with or impacted by addiction of any form. All are welcome to join, it’s free and there’s no need to sign up! Times listed in the schedule are based off our server in San Francisco, California (PST).
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 in a ParaChat room which is accessible in several formats.
- 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.
Soberistas. A social network where you can meet people who are trying to resolve their problematic drinking patterns, and people who have successfully kicked the booze. Talk, write, offload, share.*This is a paid membership site.
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.
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 SHAIR Podcast – SHAIR is an acronym for “Sharing Helps Addicts in Recovery”. It’s a podcast where we bring you amazing success stories from addicts all over the world.
Women For Sobriety. A non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. It is, in fact, the first national self-help program for women alcoholics. Our “New Life” Program helps achieve sobriety and sustain ongoing recovery. (From WFS website.)
*All references from About.com Health: Alcoholism unless otherwise specified.
Where else have you been able to find support? Please share in the comments!
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.