Recovery from addiction is a condition that must be approached holistically, involving every area of your life and looking for help anywhere you can find it. There are a wide variety of resources available for you to educate yourself and receive encouragement and wisdom from both trained professionals and other people also dealing with the challenges of recovery.
Your time online can be a very important way to gain information and motivation that can further support your recovery. Here are just a few online tools you can use to strengthen your commitment to sobriety and living your best life possible, one moment at a time.
This website is filled with a lot of helpful information and resources connected with the most widely used organizations by which recovering addicts connect with each other and work on their recovery in a holistic manner together. It offers a great deal of information in its “Newcomer’s Guide” that can supply you with information and encouragement to make that first vitally important step to decide to turn your life around.
They offer a lot of information and videos related to the 12-step process, which starts by simply admitting your problem, and brings you through a lifetime of making restitution and rebuilding your life. There is also links to specific 12 step organizations that are meeting in your area, so you can attend a support group in your area.
Message boards can be a very helpful way to communicate your story, experiences, and thoughts of recovery. In an anonymous, safe and supportive setting, you are able to share both your struggles and successes, and receive encouraging, supportive, and helpful feedback from other people facing similar issues.
The Addiction Recovery site has a particularly helpful message board allowing you to connect with recovering addicts from all over the world and get help for a wide variety of issues. The Addiction Recovery website also provides resources covering a wide range of issues related to recovery stage, and can give information about a wide variety of treatment options, behavior therapies, and holistic approaches to treatment.
Sometimes circumstances may prevent you from attending a meeting in-person, and so online meetings can be a helpful substitute. You are able to share your experiences and struggles in a supportive atmosphere in a way that can offer a great deal of encouragement.
The SMART Recovery program has particularly extensive options for online meetings, using chat and webcam features to allow addicts to meet in meetings headed by a trained therapist facilitator. Meetings are held at multiple times to be as convenient as possible, and are supplemented with its own forums so members can continue to stay in touch and share their experiences at any time.
This website is among the most extensive resources for helping you point the way towards recovery treatment centers. One part of the website is an extensive database listening recovery programs and centers, listed by both geographic area, and specializations for any particular substances.
To further help you find the center right for you, each particular treatment center lists reviews of other people who have stayed there sharing about their experiences and giving a rating. Once you feel you’ve found a place right for you, a phone number and website address make it easy to look into starting your recovery. The site also has a great deal of helpful information detailing practical issues in the early recovery process, what to expect and how to best set yourself up for success.
This website is very simple, and not specializing in addiction recovery directly, but offers something that can be very important to the recovery process. The website and accompanying facebook group offer pithy sentiments and encouraging truths set to calm, beautiful backgrounds, reminding you of the truth about yourself and giving you the hope and the motivation that change is possible.
Our brains have feedback loops playing continually appraising our self-worth and ability to conquer the challenges in our lives. Often, these voices in our head are deeply negative or discouraging, and this can make us feel anxious, shame-filled, or overwhelmed. That is why it is so important to speak words of affirmation and encouragement to yourself as much as possible, so that your brain gets used to viewing the world through a more hopeful lens.