The Crucial Role of Online Support in Addiction Recovery and Treatment
When it comes to treating drug and alcohol addiction, addicts need flexible options that suit their diverse needs in order to reach and sustain abstinence/recovery.
According to a 2015 study by Stanford University, drug and alcohol addiction affects more than 40 million Americans over the age of 12, rendering the need for flexible treatment options even more urgent.
It’s no wonder, then, that online addiction treatment and support programs are becoming more and more popular. The country’s biggest online addiction treatment and recovery community is In The Rooms, a platform with more than 500K users, designed to help people who are seeking immediate help from an addiction, addicts in recovery and their friends, family and allies.
Studies show that online recovery programs and communities, including In The Rooms and many others, support addicts in the following ways:
1. Increases Accessibility To Support Outside of In-Person Meetings.
One of the most obvious benefits of online recovery programs and communities is that they offer accessible and convenient support as a supplement to in-person treatment.
According to an article medically reviewed by Dr. Richard Foster on RehabCenter.net, “Online support groups broaden your network of support beyond your region to include people in other countries, across multiple time zones, so that no matter the time of day or night, there is an outlet or a source of support available.” The fact that these options are generally free “makes them an accessible tool used in conjunction with regular counseling sessions.”
The article is careful to emphasize that online treatment options should be used in conjunction with face-to-face support. “While an online option is helpful, building new relationships with people outside of treatment is an essential part of your recovery process,” the author notes.
A combination of face-to-face and online support is ideal for helping addicts achieve and maintain recovery/abstinence. In The Rooms allows addicts to attend online recovery meetings whenever and wherever is most convenient for them—as a supplement to their in-person support. One of the most popular features of the platform is the Face-to-Face Meeting Locator, which helps users find in-person meetings in their area.