For a variety of reasons that I’ll lay out in another post, I have decided to return to active Twelve Step meeting attendance in Alcoholics Anonymous. One thing that I started doing as a prelude or a “warmup” is become active in some online recovery sites.
Here’s a rundown of these sites, with links to my profiles so that if you’d like to join up, you can “Friend me” there.
“In the Rooms” is probably my favorite, as it is a full-blown social network like Facebook. Most addictions with a 12 Step approach have “Fellowships” there that you can also join. One great thing is that there are 12 Step video meetings almost around the clock, so that no matter where you live on Earth, chances are there’s a meeting somewhat convenient to your time zone. There are also hundreds of “Speaker Tapes” of well-known and not-so-well-known recovery speakers for listening or downloading (as mp3 files). “Dr. Paul,” the man who wrote my favorite chapter in AA’s “Big Book,” entitled “Acceptance was the Answer, (formerly “Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict”) is in the Speaker Tape archive! There is a lot of activity on ITR, and so you’re quite likely to find someone to interact with throughout the day. They also have various resource directories for treatment facilities and other things of interest to people in recovery, including a face-to-face meeting directory. I don’t think the latter is as exhaustive or comprehensive like the meeting directory you’d find on the AA main site. But it is a nice touch. Here is my profile on “In The Rooms”.
“Sober Recovery” is a very close second to ITR. It is formatted as more of a traditonal discussion forum. It does possess some social network functions, such as a friend’s list, messaging and the like. ITR beats SR only due to the former’s video meetings and speaker tape library. I have found some good recovery on both. And there always seem to be a lot of activity on SR. You’re not likely to be “alone.” Here is my “SoberRecovery” profile.
Another one that I joined based on a recommendation from a friend on ITR is “Hazelden’s Social Community.” Hazelden is the renowned treatment center in Minnesota, as well as the publisher of numerous books and daily meditations for people in recovery. It offers much that ITR and SR has, with its own unique offerings, too. It is rather active, although I do find that site navigation is a little awkward. But I think it is worth learning, and after all, it is run by Hazelden. If you’ve been in recovery for a number of years, chances are you have at least one of their books, probably “Twenty-four Hours a Day.” Here is my profile on “Hazelden’s Social Community”.
Lastly is the “OneHealth Network.” I had joined that years ago when it was called “Sober Circle.” I miss SC, I enjoyed the place, it was sort of a recovery discussion forum mated with “MySpace.” (It allowed for a lot of the classic “MySpace” HTML and CSS formatting stuff, as well as gifs that made that network either fun or annoying.) SC was bought out by whomever is in charge of “OneHealth Network” and they changed to whole format. I left, and only ocassionally returned. I’ve adapted to the changes (after all, it’s been years since SC was taken over) and I do find that “OneHealth Network” has useful offerings. Here is my “OneHealth Network” Profile.
So, take a look at them all! If you had to choose just one, I’d find it hard to pick between ITR and SR. I’d say join both as their styles and formatting complement each other. The others are worthwhile, too. But, to each their own!
I hope to see you on one or more of them!
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