Online communities that offer peer support in a conversational environment can help connect people in recovery to others who share similar experiences. The below is a list of online forums that are currently active. Please let us know if any listing is out of date by contacting us.
Recovery.org: This article lists and describes “15 Online Forums, Discussion Boards and Support Groups”, including:
Reddit.com/r/StopDrinking: This “subreddit” forum on Reddit.com is a popular forum with nearly 28,000 users who support each other in the recovery process.
We Quit Drinking (WQD): WQD is a community of many people who share the following goals: “To quit, to stay quit, to help others stay quit, and to keep in contact with those who were with us along the way. WQD is a large community with many regular posters and is not affiliated with any one particular recovery philosophy.”
The Sinclair Method: An alcohol forum whose primary focus is on the Sinclair Method.
HealthfulChat.org : ‘HealthfulChat wishes to increase your chances of staying in recovery by offering you an online peer support network which features an Alcohol and Drugs Addiction Peer Support Chat Room, alcohol and drug addiction peer support forums, and an alcohol and drug addiction peer support social network to share your successes and have a shoulder to lean on when you need it.”
Sober Village: “Sober Village is a sober community for people looking for a way to reach out to other sober people and 12 step fellowships.”
Alcoholics Anonymous forum: This is a forum where Alcoholics Anonymous members can gather on the web.
Alcoholics Anonymous Grapevine forum: “Grapevine’s chat forum where you can discuss different topics with other alcoholics and Grapevine readers. The AA Grapevine, Inc. is publisher of the International Journal of Alcoholics Anonymous. Its primary purpose is to carry the AA message to everyone interested in alcoholism through its magazines, websites, and related items, which reflect the experience, strength, and hope of its members and friends on topics related to recovery, unity and service. It strives in all its activities to operate in accordance with the Twelve Steps, the Twelve Traditions, and the Twelve Concepts of AA, without soliciting monetary contributions from AA members or groups to fund operating expenses.”
Experience Project: I Am An Alcoholic: Personal Stories, Advice, and Support; Over 1600 People
Experience Project: I Want to Stop Drinking: Personal Stories, Advice, and Support; Over 700 people
Step12.com forum: “Miracles In Progress 12 Step Recovery Forums offers online Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon Family Group, Adult Children Anonymous (ACA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Childhood Abuse Survivors (CAS) 12 Step meetings and general 12 Step support chat.”
Patient.co.uk forum on substance misuse: UK-based. Forums on alcohol consumption, disulfiram, and other topics.
Netmums.com forum on addiction support: UK-based. Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction support: “Advice and support for members affected by alcohol or drug issues. So whether you are finding alcohol or drugs is starting to affect your life and you want to cut down, or whether you are a member who is, or has been adversely affected by the alcohol or drug use of someone close to them, you can pop in here for support. This forum allows anonymous posting.”
This article from AlcoholRehab.com offers “netiquette” advice for those who are new to online forums.
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