Forum Guidelines and Rules (Read Before Posting)

Please Review Our Forum Guidelines and Rules Before Posting or Commenting

Updated June, 2016


How to Participate in the Community?

2. Check your email for account verification link and click it. If you didn't receive it check your junk mailbox.
3. Introduce yourself to the community and let us know what's on your mind (Optional, of course).
3. Click on the New Discussion button to create a new discussion. Be sure to categorize it correctly. 
4. Comment on other peoples' posts as desired.
5. Bookmark posts by clicking the star at the top of the post to get notified of new activity.
6. Show others love by clicking on the heart  icon at the top of the post.


Guidelines

Our community takes a no tolerance stance for the violation of any of our forum rules. We are committed to creating a safe, positive, and secure experience for our community members. We do not tolerate any behavior that risks the emotional or physical well being, safety, and privacy of our visitors. 

Our community is moderated daily, throughout the day, by a team of administrators. The moderators have the right to take action against abusive members, including banning them and removing their content from the site. But mainly our moderators are there to help answer questions and provide support and encouragement for our visitors. 

For questions about our forum guidelines and rules, or for other issues relating to the Recovery.org Community, please contact us at forums@recovery.org.

Absolutely No Spam Tolerated: We have a strict zero-spam policy and several controls in place to alert us of spamming activity on our site. We report all spam, including the spammer's email address, user ID and IP address to multiple anti-spam databases. Linking to products or services without permission from our moderators is prohibited.

Expert Contributors: Our "Expert Contributors" are paid and volunteer writers who provide informational commentary intended to promote awareness and information around a variety of addiction, treatment, and recovery issues. They all have some level of professional or academic experience with addiction and recovery-related issues, ranging from addiction counsellors, coaches, writers, treatment center professionals, researchers, medical professionals, and professionals in other areas relating to addiction, treatment, or recovery. However, our Expert Contributors do not provide any medical or psychiatric advice or help under any circumstances. They are considered non-medical professionals with regard to their contribution to this site. Any information provided by our Expert Contributors should not be construed as medical or psychiatric advice. In any case where medical information is referenced our Expert Contributors are required to provide a link to a verifiable reference.

Forum Moderators: Our community forums are moderated by a team of both paid and volunteer site administrators who are actively on the site several times per day. In addition to providing commentary intended to promote awareness and information around a variety of addiction, treatment, and recovery issues, our moderators are also responsible for banning site abusers, removing spam and offensive content, and generally assuring the integrity of the site and the safety of our members. Our moderators all have some level of experience in the addiction treatment or mental health space, and in no way provide medical or psychiatric help through our forums.  To contact the moderators please send an email to forums@recovery.org. 

Site Users (Community Members): Our community is open and free to join to anyone who is 14 years of age or older. You are required to have an active account in order to post new discussions or comment on other peoples' posts. Site visitors do not need to have an account to read content on this site. No content is hidden to members only, and the content of this site is searchable by internet search engines. So it is critical that users do not use their real name or any other personal information while using this site. Site members do not currently have the ability to remove their own posts, although posts can be edited by the owner of that post. If you wish to have your account or posts completely removed you may contact the community manager at forums@recovery.org. Users are expected to provide information that is true and accurate based on their own knowledge. Site users are not allowed or encouraged to provide any medical or psychiatric advice to other site members. This includes, but is not limited to, medication recommendations, diagnoses on conditions, etc.


Community Rules

You Must Join to Post
To post in the community you must create an account using a valid email address that you will need to confirm. Please check your junk mailbox if you do not receive the confirmation email.

You May Only Have One Account
We only allow one site member per IP address in order to prevent spamming and abuse of our website.

Protect Your Identity
We recommend that you do not use your full real name when creating an account in order to protect your own privacy. Although you need to be a member of the site to post, anyone can read the content here on our site even without logging in. If you choose to use your full real name to represent your professional opinions or practice do so at your own risk. Using your first name or an alias is recommended. The username that you select will appear to both guests visiting the site as well as site members. Your profile and forum contributions are publicly viewable, so be sure to protect your identity to the best of your ability.

Do Not Post Personal Information
Your privacy is extremely important to us. In addition to protecting your identity by using an alias we recommend also that you never post any personal or geographic information in the forums, including phone numbers, addresses, places or work, school, etc. This also includes the names or personal information of other people.

Respect the Privacy of Other Members
Under no circumstances should any member ever divulge or solicit personal information from another member (ask other members to post phone numbers, email addresses, personal info, etc.).

Respect the Opinions of Other Members
Our community is centered around compassion, respect, open-mindedness, support and respect for our each others' privacy. Our community managers moderate the forums daily with this in mind and we are diligent about upholding the integrity and values of our community. We have a zero tolerance policy for any forum activity that resembles harassment, verbal abuse, bullying, bigotry, or overt criticism toward other community members. Violators will be immediately removed from our community-no exceptions.

Respect That There are Multiple Paths to Recovery 
Our community promotes a respectful dialogue on a variety of treatment, recovery and lifestyle approaches and does not promote or recommend any one specific strategy. Please respect that people join our community from all walks of life, backgrounds, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, etc. If you have a specific belief or approach, whether a spiritual belief or a belief about how to most effectively recover from substance abuse, do not push them on other members. The intention is not to censor ideas, but rather to create a community culture that is built on open discourse and dialogue on a variety of ideas and approaches for positive living.

Do Not Use Profanity or Vulgarity
Our forums attract people from all walks of life and all ages. We strive to maintain a respectable, mature and safe environment for everyone to enjoy. Please refrain from using profanity, vulgarity or any other offensive language in the forums. This includes the posting of graphics and images, videos that may include offensive material, or written posts.

Do Not Post Discriminating or Offensive Content
We do not permit content that discriminates against anyone's race, religion, creed, or sexual orientation, or that is sexual or derogatory in nature, or that may be considered obscene. We do not permit content that may be deemed racist or hateful to other members. This includes written content, profile pictures, private messages, or status updates.

Do Not Plagiarize or Violate Copyright Laws
We have a zero tolerance policy against using other peoples’ ideas and content and claiming it to be your own. This includes plagiarizing other members’ content and/or posting content from outside sources that is not properly cited or referenced.

Do Not Post Illegal Content
Posting content that could be considered illegal in nature is forbidden. Due to the nature of this site, certain images or references relating to drug use could be considered illegal. We will use our discretion in removing questionable content.

Do Not Provide Medical or Psychiatric Advice
Providing medical or psychiatric advice in our forums is strictly prohibited. The forums should not be used to provide or solicit medical or mental health advice of any kind. Healthcare professionals are prohibited from providing professional medical or using the community to explicitly solicit or represent your services (it's perfectly fine to say you're a professional if you are one--just don't practice here). This includes diagnosing others, providing treatment plans, recommending medications, herbal remedies, dosages, etc..

Do Not Ask for Medical or Psychiatric Advice
The Recovery.org Community is not intended to be a source of medical or professional mental health advice. Neither the community members, nor the moderators are permitted to provide any level of medical or psychiatric consultation in the forums. Please respect this rule by not asking for advice in these areas. If you are seeking medical or psychiatric help please consult with a qualified medical or mental health professional.

Do Not Troll
Trolling consists of repetitive posting of incendiary, antagonizing or non-productive messages in the forums. Please be mindful to engage in thoughtful, productive dialogue that reflects the core values of our community.

Do Not Promote Drug Use or Other Illegal Activities
Since our community is aimed at awareness and prevention of substance abuse, we naturally do not advocate substance use of any kind, neither illegal or prescriptive. Your decision to use any substance is a personal matter that you must weigh carefully in your life. Regardless of your stance on any substance in particular, or your current drug use, we prohibit the explicit promotion of drug use of any kind, or the participation in any other illegal activities, in the forums.

Do Not Advertise Your Own Products or Services Here
Our forums are intended to be a place of support and guidance, and are not a place for members to post links to other products, services or their own addiction or recovery-related platforms. Advertising of any product, service or platform in the forums is strictly prohibited and monitored closely by our community managers and members. You may post a link on your profile page to your own personal website if you are an addiction treatment professional or other practitioner in the drug/alcohol treatment-related space. Spammers are not welcome in our community and will be immediately removed from our site, along with their content.

No Promotional Content, Fundraisers or Surveys
Members should obtain permission from the community manager before posting links to their own recovery-based fundraiser campaigns, initiatives or services. Although we encourage the support of the global recovery community and support the general use of our forums to bring awareness to key issues, we are committed to keeping our forums free of content that does not aim to support the recovery and well being of our visitors and members. We reserve the right to remove any post that we deem as inappropriate for our community.

Do Not Flame or Cross Post in Forums
When posting a thread to the forums only post in one forum (the most appropriate one based on your best judgment). If your post is not in the most appropriate forum the community managers may choose to move it to a different forum.

Do Not Post Off-Topic Content
Posting content to promote other agendas (personal or professional) other than the topic contained in the Recovery.org Community is prohibited. Posts must contribute to the conversation and not derail the discussion into other unrelated areas. The community managers reserve the right to move or delete posts that are irrelevant or inappropriately categorized.

Do Not Share Content Directly From Other Resources
Referencing other resources is permitted but please do not copy and paste content from other resources into forum posts, unless it is a quotation within your own original content.

Respect the Expert Contributors and Moderators
Our Expert Contributors consist of volunteers who are committed to providing a deeper level of information and support in the community to members who may be struggling with a particular issue. Our Expert Contributors are present in the forums on a daily basis and provide a listening ear wherever they can without providing medical or psychiatric help. Please be nice to them and support them in helping other members.

Do Not Post Suicide Notes
If you are feeling suicidal please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Recovery.org Community is not intended to serve as a suicide hotline or resource for emotional health support. Content relating to suicide or thoughts of suicide can trigger negative reactions in those dealing with substance abuse issues, and therefore are prohibited from our forums. Posts that contain explicit mentioning of suicide or thoughts of suicide will be removed.

Do Not Sexually Harass Other Members or Make Personal Advances
The Recovery.org Community is intended to be a safe and supportive environment for people to discuss issues that could expose their vulnerability. Our moderators enforce a zero tolerance policy against sexual harassment or personal advances of any kind in the forums. This includes making sexual comments or advancements, sharing sexually inappropriate content, using lewd language, asking personal questions about sexual activity/orientation, or other sexually inappropriate behavior.

Respect the Private Message Feature
The private message feature is a way to connect privately with other members. Please use discretion and courtesy when sending other members a private message. The private message feature is not to be used for soliciting product or services.


Community Policies

  • Our moderators actively review all forums and monitor content for violation of forum rules.
  • If any forum rules are broken our moderators have the authority to delete, edit or move any content posted in the Recovery.org Community.
  • Violators may be provided with a warning or their account will be deleted completely without warning at the discretion of the moderators, depending on the severity.
  • The only personal data collected from Recovery.org Community members is your email address. No personal information other than your email address is intentionally stored on our site or servers and your information will never be sold or rented to a third party. We use your email address to send forum notifications and occasional forum-related communications. We will never spam you.
  • Neither the Recovery.org Community nor the moderators are affiliated with, nor do we endorse any one specific treatment approach, treatment philosophy, or treatment facility. The community is open to anyone seeking information on drug and alcohol abuse-related issues.

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