My personal opinion is that drug addiction is a disease, not a lack of moral fiber. It needs to be treated s such, and support networks are a big part of getting clean and staying clean for an addict.
I am not surprised that many people turn to the internet whenever we want to meet people that have been there and identify with our situation.
Many of our clients' clients have used online addiction recovery groups. There are many out there, and all offer two things; warm understanding and camaraderie.
Based on feedback from a few of recent clients, here is my list of some of the best ones out there:
This group boasts over 36,000 registered users, most of whom are recovering alcoholics as well as co-dependents who reach out to each other for support and advice.
To become a member, you need to register at the homepage, a process that takes all of five minutes. Afterwards, you earn the right to post on the various forums and comment on threads of your choice.
There are rules governing posting and guidelines that help you navigate the forums, picking the places you want to be and the things you want to talk about.
At SoberRecovery, there are options for users to reach out to the help team for questions and advice any time of the day or night. Apart from commenting and posting, you can interact with other users through chat.
2. Spice Addiction Support
This one is a support forum for those recovering from addiction to spice, a fast-growing synthetic form of marijuana that parolees and people in custody battles often prefer because it doesn't show up on drug tests.
This site provides information about the drug including its origin, constitution and effects. The site also goes ahead to elaborate on the consequences of the drug from a health perspective.
Spice Addiction Support also covers (in incredible detail) the concept of spice addiction, discusses how important addiction rehab for the drug is and then delves into the types of rehabilitation centers recovering spice users need to look for when that decision is made.
What I liked most about it is that there is a long log of stories from recovering drug users, stories that chill you to the core but at the same time show you that you are not alone. You also have the wriggle room to share your story and have others read up on your experience.
3. Adderall Addiction Support
I like this one because the owner is a reformed Adderall addict who decided to create a forum so that others do not go down the same road.
As the name suggests, the website offers support to those suffering from addiction to the drug Adderall, an orange pill that offers one of the worst imaginable experiences if it's abused long-term.
Adderall Support is a mobile site with a series of interesting, well-written articles that help young people understand when they are addicted and how to take the necessary steps to recover. Its format is essentially that of a regular addiction rehab site, with stories submitted by users from around the country.
The number of stories keeps growing from day to day as more recovering addicts come in to spill forth their life stories.
Drugs-Forum serves an astonishing 3 million users every single month. It is a non-profit organization that supports recovering alcoholics and drug users from around the world.
It features an impressive forum called the Drug Wiki, which is essentially a collection of information from users and admins about various drugs, their use, effects and scientific take.
In addition to that, the drug wiki seeks to expose its users to the law regarding the use of drugs and the implication of violation of said laws.
The forum does not run adverts and thrives on optional donations from users and interested parties around the world.
5. Benzo Addiction Support
If you are abusing or dependent on benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien and Ativan, then this is where you should go first.
The site is also mobile friendly, offering users the flexibility to load pages and read them on the go. With mobile phones taking over our lives, I think this is a really important thing for a site like this.
Like with most of these sites, the owner was a long-time Xanax abuser who recovered and chose to change the world in their small but definitive way.
The information is easy to digest, with lots of facts and quotes from others who have suffered from Xanax addiction and other benzos. It's a relatively new site, designed for anyone under 30.