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Facebook Groups Offer Recovery Support

by Destiny, A Person in Long-Term Recovery | October 15, 2013

I'd like to take a minute and introduce myself. I am a 31-year-old mother of two children; a four-year-old and a nine-year-old. I also suffer from the horrible disease of addiction, but I'm in treatment, and I'm prescribed Suboxone.

I have had my fair share of ups and downs in my recovery. Most recently, getting to meetings became a problem due to lack of transportation, and as we all know meetings are a huge part of the recovery process. Unfortunately, there are many others out there like me without a way to get to meetings or with anxieties that are so bad that they cannot bring themselves to leave the house.

Well, if you have access to the internet, you can attend meetings every day in the comfort of your own home!

Most people have heard of Facebook, the popular social networking site. I have found that Facebook has a lot more to offer than silly pictures and “what's-for-dinner” status updates. Facebook offers online AA, NA, and ALANON daily meeting many different times throughout the day and night. There are tons of pages out there that help with people struggling and increase awareness about addiction. There are pages for family members trying to help people with our disease, pages for those in recovery and pages for those who are seeking treatment.

I found these groups by typing Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous into the Facebook search bar. When you find the group you want to join, click the "Like" button on the top right of that page. Then read the page and find out how to sign up for the online meetings. If you’re not sure about how to engage with a group, you can post a question on the group wall or send a message to get more information or guidance.

I have had nothing but positive experiences from these groups. They are very beneficial to me as I am nervous about sharing and quite shy. Online you can pick a user name so that nobody knows it’s you, and you can join conversations and select what you read depending on who’s sharing. For me, I have found that I get more out of online meetings than in-person meetings. For anyone struggling with addiction that cannot go to regular meetings on a daily basis, I highly suggest trying an online meeting.

Here is a small list of pages to try; I am positive there are tons more! Use Facebook’s search to find any of the following pages:

Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon, Alanon-Alateen, Recovery world, End Prescription Drug abuse & Addiction, PAIN PILL'S the Addiction, Heroin Addiction Awareness, I Hate Heroin, Heroin Addicts Support, Addiction: why they use, Jazzmin's Journey: Directed By God

All I have wanted to do since being in recovery is help others like me, educate people and change the stigma that goes along with addiction. If I can help just one person stay sober from doing an online meeting, that’s all that matters. Thank you for listening.