The internet is full of communities for addiction and recovery, including Suboxone treatments. These online forums can be a vital part of your support network in recovery, but there is also a lot of myth and misinformation out there about Suboxone therapy.
In this article, we outline some of the best places to talk online about opioid use disorder (OUD), Suboxone treatment, and recovery in general.
Examples of Popular On-Line Addiction Forums
One fairly well-regarded community to discuss addiction is the simply named “Drugs-Forum”, which has a section specifically dedicated to addiction and recovery. They encourage members to start recovery journals that document their progress and can be read by other members. The forums feature a lot of advice for people in recovery and tips to reduce harm if one is engaging in recreational or illicit drug use.
Another popular forum is the SMART Recovery forum. SMART Recovery is a free addiction recovery program that is often framed as an alternative to programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and similar 12-step programs. SMART Recovery doesn’t have any faith-based or religious elements built into its recovery methodology, ideal for members who do not consider themselves religious. Many people who use this forum also attend in person (or virtual) SMART recovery meetings.
What About Platforms like “Reddit”?
Reddit has had its share of controversies. Some of the information may not be medically accurate, particularly around addiction and Suboxone therapy.  At the same time, some communities have formed on Reddit that clearly help support people in their recovery. Reddit’s rules can be found here.
Things to Be Aware of With Online Support Forums
It’s important to note that forums, like any digital space, can be very helpful but can also have risks. Some forums may be well-intentioned but poorly policed or contain misinformation. Others may promote outright harmful ideas, or they might even be attempts to scam vulnerable people who are seeking help for addiction.
If you do find online communities for addiction support to be helpful, follow some basic rules:
- Do not give out personal identifying information. Some forums may contain mal-intentioned individuals. Feel free to share your experiences but try to avoid giving out personal identifying information including your name, address, or any financial information.
- Take information with a “grain of salt”: Remember that you’re not necessarily talking to experts but to other lay-individuals sharing their experience. If you have questions about medical information online, reach out to your doctor or medical professional for clarification
- Pair online support with formal in person support with professionals: online communities can be helpful for some individuals but should not be a substitute for professional help if you are in recovery from a substance use disorder.
Medically Reviewed By Elena Hill, MD, MPH
Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where ... Read More
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