In our modern era, there are a wide variety of tools out there to help you get sober. Some people choose rehab, 12 step programs, or alternative non 12 step programs, and that’s just a few of the many options you have to choose from when deciding how you want to overcome your addiction. However, over the years, new technology has evolved and given us a new space to explore when it comes to addiction recovery. With the advent of the internet, people from all across the world are able to communicate instantly on virtually any topic imaginable, including addiction. On Reddit, a popular internet forum consisting of millions of individual, topic-based forums, one community has shown that there’s nothing more important in recovery than a strong network of support.
Reddit’s “/r/StopDrinking” subreddit is made up of over 60,000 members, many of whom actively contribute, post, and discuss their ongoing issues with drinking, sobriety, and recovery. While this may sound underwhelming for an online community, this is 60,000 people who are all actively participating in achieving the same goal: sobriety. While rehab centers and 12 step programs are effective at handling alcoholism, no rehab or aftercare program will ever have 60,000 attendees. This is one of the great benefits of the internet age. People from all over the world and all walks of life can all support each other in a real, meaningful way over the internet.
While there are many online support groups, none have the numbers or the ability to contribute like /r/StopDrinking has. This site works as a companion that is always available, and always has thousands of supporting peers ready to help you through the hardest times of recovery. Even those who aren’t struggling still participate; many of the site’s posts are announcements of a personal goal being reached in sobriety. No matter where you are in recovery, /r/StopDrinking provides a safe, supportive atmosphere for those still enduring or even entirely recovered from alcoholism.
While an online site is not a substitute for real, medical help when it comes to addiction, sites like /r/StopDrinking show us that there’s more to recovering from alcoholism than just rehab. A strong network of support is essential, and it doesn’t get much stronger than 60,000 people going through the exact same thing you are.