The Internet has become a very social place. Naturally, it would follow suit that it becomes a resource for people to connect with others concerning things that they need, such as in the case of addiction and recovery. However, the very nature of the online world lends itself to a certain coldness, so it can be difficult to see how these systems can replace the traditional recovery centers, support groups, and meetings that are found in the world around us.
People already engage in social media, online chats, and all types of communication via the Internet. However, when it comes to personal and health-related information or resources, some are hesitant to engage for fear of security risks or some other lack of reputability.
The Right Resources
The good news is that if you take the time to find the right resources, you’ll get all the secure, trusted support that you need. Even just using online tools like Zoom, Facebook, FaceTime, and others to have face-to-face meetings or conversations with peers and others can make all the difference in taking away some of the loneliness felt by those who are trying to recover from (or not turn back to) a substance abuse disorder.
Many groups have started online A.A. and N.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, respectively) meetings that anyone can join. There are also private meetings available, just as there are in traditional offline settings. For those who want a formal way to engage in recovery support, this is a great choice. Other helpful online support systems and tools include things like:
- Online individual therapy sessions
- Internet forums and recovery groups
- Blogs, articles, e-books, and other valuable information to educate people on recovery and addiction, as well as to provide inspiration and support
- Keeping in touch with friends and family virtually
- Online journaling or accountability sharing
There are plenty of ways that people can find support online during the COVID-19 pandemic, no matter what kind of addiction struggles they are facing. No two people are the same, but the available options offer something for just about everyone. Plus, it might offer a safer choice for some people who don’t feel comfortable engaging in these activities in a “public” setting out in the world.
The struggle of isolation is doubly challenging for anyone battling addiction in this uncertain world, but no one has to feel alone because there are support systems for those who need them.