A first step for many people concerned they or their loved ones have substance abuse problems is to research and discuss with others over the anonymity of the Internet. To that end, to make sure you’re able to identify a problem early and take corrective measures, we’ve pulled together some helpful online resources to get you, your friends or your family members started.
AddictionTribe offers members a place to share stories and encouragement about addictions and the recovery process. Members can create personalized profile pages, join special interest groups, participate in polls, and network with others suffering from similar addictions.
Provided through Alcoholics Anonymous, this online fellowship allows men and women struggling with addiction to share their recovery experiences, providing strength and hope for others through email, chat, message boards, and online meetings.
Addiction Recovery Guide helps individuals struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism find treatment and support that best suits their needs. Visitors can also find online help from others in recovery, share success stories, and ask questions through the site’s message boards.
AddictionSurvivors.org is a not-for-profit organization that provides peer support communities for individuals whose lives have been touched by addiction. The site’s forums include alcohol dependence, stimulant addiction, benzodiazepine addiction, and opioid addiction and treatment.
The Cyber Recovery Forums are for individuals, friends and families who are looking to connect and get support during treatment and recovery. The site also offers an extensive treatment center directory, as well as online therapy and counseling for mental health disorders, a range of addictions, eating disorders, and more.
DailyStrength.org is a comprehensive online community dedicated to helping individuals suffering from specific medical and life challenges. Members can join for free and connect with others facing the same addictions or illnesses, and exchange experiences, treatments and assistance through online forums and supports groups.
The Fix is an exclusive addiction and recovery website, featuring breaking news, informative interviews, investigative reports, essays on sober living, rehab reviews, reader forums, and advice from doctors, interventionists, experts, and more.
InTheRooms.com is a free and anonymous online community that offers an extensive addiction treatment directory to help struggling addicts find help and support in their local community. Whether you’re sober, clean, or seeking help with your addiction, this site can help you find people in recovery willing to share their experiences, strength, and hope with you.
MeetingsOnline.com hosts free online voice and video 12-step meetings for those afflicted with or impacted by addiction of any form. The site provides a seven-day meeting schedule with chat room names and times. It’s free, anonymous, and there’s no need to sign up or register.
PsychForums.com is an online community of members seeking help for abuse problems and addictions. Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, sex, or any other type of addiction, individuals can find general information, informative videos, and support from individuals who share similar issues.
NAChatroom.org is a 12-step online support forum for addicts seeking recovery from drug addiction to meet other addicts and find help, support, and friendship. The site hosts open chat rooms and forums, as well as eight online meetings a week and business meetings on the first Sunday of every month.
Smart Recovery Online is a warm and caring community helping struggling addicts overcome their addictive behaviors. Individuals who wish to participate in the chat rooms and must 18 years of age or older to register.
Since 2000, Sober24 has provided recovering addicts with free membership-only access to online chat rooms and discussion boards. Hazelden acquired Sober24 in 2010, and their social community is the new home for the Sober24 community. Members have access to SoberFuse, a software program that will help you track your recovery progress and teach you tips and information to prevent a relapse from occurring.
Sober Recovery’s free online community forums offer information and support on addiction and the recovery process. Whether you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or alcoholism, or you’re ready to get clean once and for all, the site grants access to hundreds of drug rehab centers, drug addiction treatment and alcoholism treatment resources in the U.S., Canada, and Overseas.
12StepForums.net offers information about many online addiction and recovery support groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon Family Group, Adult Children Anonymous (ACA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Childhood Abuse Survivors (CAS), and more.