Recovery is a trying process, to say the least. It’s tough on the addict or alcoholic and it’s tough on family.
Many people that I have talked to say that one of the most difficult aspects of addiction is that you really have NO IDEA what to do. If you’re a family member trying to help an addict, you probably haven’t been through this before. This is new territory. And if an addict has been down this road before – well, he hasn’t learned the lessons he’s needed to, either.
That’s where these blogs come in. Their authors have “been there, done that” and definitely “got the t-shirt.” They’re all written by real-life people who have gone through the wringer either as an addict or the family member of an addict. Most of these people aren’t experts, but when you read their writings you’ll find comfort in their words. You’re not alone out there, whether you’re in one of the many drug rehabs throughout the country, or waiting for that phone call from your loved one. These blogs will prove it to you.
These are ten of the best recovery blogs I’ve come across, in no particular order. Please feel free to share the link to any that didn’t make it on this list. If they seem worthy of merit, this post might need be re-titled “Top 99 Recovery Blogs” before too long.
We’ve also made a badge to recognize these blogs for their hard work. The job of blogging is one that often goes unrecognized, but the writers of these blogs deserve some thanks and kudos for the positive impact they’re having one visitor at a time. If you’re one of our picks, please feel free to post this on your site.
And without further ado, here they are, in no particular order:
This blog is written by a recovering alcoholic who has been sober since 1994. He and his friend “Screedler” keep the blog updated pretty much daily. There is some great content here, including a lot of pop culture as it relates to drug abuse and recovery. Definitely one of the most interesting advocacy sites on the net.
The self-explanatory name does not convey the depth and insightfulness of the daily posts on this blog. Quoting from a wide variety of visionaries, and offering the recovery community an opportunity to comment and discuss, this blog is having a definite impact. Read a week’s worth of posts and you’ll see that it gets you thinking in a positive direction.
The most notable thing about this blog is its raw nature. It’s written by Barbara, whose son is a 20-year-old heroin addict. He’s still using as of today. And she’s talking about what’s happening, what’s running through her mind, and how she’s coping. If you’re going through a similar situation, this is a must-read blog. In moments like this when you feel all alone, you need to hear a voice like Barbara’s.
Martin Nicolaus, clean and sober for almost twenty years, takes an analytical and scientific approach at new recovery methods outside of the realm of 12-step (AA or NA). For insightful analysis of current events and new happenings in the field of recovery, this is your blog.
Definitely the edgiest of the blogs on this list, I Love Recovery gets you thinking. Candid, honest, challenging, and unconventional are four words that describe the weekly posts on this blog. Recommended for the newest generation of recovering addicts. You won’t agree with everything that’s said – but you’ll get thinking!
Some excellent reflections on recovery and AA that will help keep you on the path of your own journey.
A great blog with an international appeal written by a freshly recovered addict living in Malaysia with a new lease on life. Read for some perspective and some hope.
For those of you who have at some point gone the 12-step route, here is a fresh look at recovery from a person who has recovered through that system and can help you make the most of it – which includes keeping it all in perspective.
The power of this blog is in how it focuses on and relishes in life after drugs. It isn’t so much about recovery as it is about living – but of course, that’s what recovery is all about, isn’t it? Read it for some inspiration and for hopeful promise of life after drug abuse.
This blog focuses on dealing with the effects of alcoholism on those who live with or love an alcoholic. While most of the rest of these blogs are written by ex-addicts, this site is run by the child and spouse of an alcoholic who has worked the recovery steps of Al-Anon. Reading through the posts in this candid blog can help you get some perspective and some peace.
I know that there are about five billion that I missed that have great posts and wonderful information. So if you feel like I missed one, please shoot me a line.
Thanks to all the bloggers featured here, and keep up the good work!
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