More people are using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms than ever before, and this technology has become part of daily life for many people around the world. When used properly, social media can also play a big part in the recovery process. This is especially true for those who do not have many other places to turn to.
Not all addicts have healthy, supportive environments where they can be surrounded by friends and family during their recovery, and not all communities offer formal treatment programs or support groups. The internet, and especially social media, provide recovering addicts like these - as well as those who do have access to a wider range of resources - a way to connect with others and feel less isolated.
Social media gives recovering addicts a network of people who they can reach out to, and provides a great platform for sharing tips, stories, and advice. This support is available anytime, anywhere, and thus can be called upon whenever a patient feels that he or she needs it most. Many also find it empowering, giving them a chance to share their stories and help one another.
There are a wide range of options and online communities available for recovering addicts. Online support groups can be a great source of continued guidance and support after you've finished a more formal treatment process. Many rehab programs and clinics have strong social media presences where they post stories and resources to help out people in all stages of recovery. There are also specialized apps, forums, and discussion boards where recovering addicts can come together and share their experiences. Even if you don't feel up to participating in a group like this yourself, following someone who is in a recovery group can serve as an inspiration and motivate you to stay on track yourself.
Social media is free and easy to use, but should not be a replacement for face-to-face interactions. Those who have access to them should continue to see counselors and support groups, but connect with people through social media between meetings and whenever they feel that they need immediate help or support.
There are some downsides to social media that are worth noting. Social media use can become an addiction itself, so take care and be ready to step back a bit if you find yourself becoming too engrossed in the online community. As with all online conversations, it is also important to take the advice you are given with a grain of salt, as there is no guarantee that the people you are talking to are as informed or reliable as they claim to be. Exercise caution, and when in doubt, talk to a counselor or other professional about something before you act on it.