This blog is strictly intended as an outlet and offer of support and should in no way replace professional help. IF YOU’RE FEELING SUICIDAL, CALL 911 PLEASE (there are more resources for help at the bottom of this page).
There’s no “right” way to get sober. Some people need different combinations of help, including detox, meetings, counselors, medication, or online outlets and resources – you need to decide what could be right for you. If you’re not sure, you should speak with your health care provider, for starters. I’m not saying they know what’s best for you, but they have information and resources. Not everyone gets sober the same way, but it’s certainly possible! Here are some helpful resources.
Online recovery resources
- Heroes In Recovery – Read inspiring stories from people just like me and you. Mine’s in there! Yours could be, too. 🙂
- Sober Mommies – Genius. The unwavering and non-judgmental support offered here is incredible.
- Recovery Systems Institute
- Online Intergroup– exclusively for AA and requires that you send in a request to join.
- In the Rooms – just sign up and you can access an extensive roster of meetings, like AA, NA, CODA, ACA, OA, Women in Recovery, and so on.
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Refuge Recovery
- S.M.A.R.T. Recovery (Self Management and Recovery Training)
Online mental health resources
There’s certainly a connection between substance abuse and mental health disorders. Everyone is mental, ya know? Some of us are just better at hiding it. Since most mental illnesses are easy enough to hide, it can seem simpler to just not tell anyone and suffer alone. The more we talk about our shit, the less stigmatized it becomes. There’s no reason to continue suffering. Help is out there. It’s up to you to find it.
At the end of your rope?
Take it one moment at a time! This moment right here, while you’re reading my blog, we’re connected. And your intention is there to take care of yourself. We can do this.
Reach out! Send someone a message, even if it’s just to say “hi.” Write it out. Work it out. Send me a message. This time will pass and you’ll come out a warrior. You already are.
IF YOU’RE FEELING SUICIDAL, CALL 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s a network of crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I’m sure they’ve heard some fucked up shit many times over, so just do it. It could save your life and we all want that for you.