While there is more than one path toward addiction recovery, we can all use support as we strive for long-term sobriety. One place many people have found additional support is in the sober blogosphere. Writing blogs is a way for some people to express their struggles with alcohol and drug addiction (as well as mental health disorders), receive feedback from a virtual community, and help others get and stay sober.
There are many blogs that we, at Cornerstone, love—for their honesty, compassion, and educational value, to name a few reasons. In choosing the top 10, we’ve tried to compile a diverse mix of blogs, some of which are confessional and others, instructive. Whether it’s the raw directness of “Mrs. D is Going Without” and “Sober Julie,” the connection to mental health struggles offered by “Blue Light Blue,” or the painful, but practical tips from “The Immortal Alcoholic” on how to live with an end-stage alcoholic; all these blogs share at least one thing in common: inspiring their readers to get and stay sober. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Written by a 44-year-old wife, mother, author, blogger, and recovery advocate based in New Zealand, “Mrs. D is Going Without” puts life without booze into perspective for mothers. Mrs. D’s casual tone and supportive posts touch even the most reticent. “Through blogging I have discovered that using the written word and articulating through print my thoughts, feelings, and experiences is the best way for me to process things,” she says. “If I didn’t blog about my sobriety, I’m not sure I’d be as contented in my alcohol-free life as I am. And the fact that my online musings seem to help other people is just the icing on the cake!”
Self-management and recovery training—or SMART® Recovery—“is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group,” according to their website. SMART relies on tools based on current scientific research as well as emphasizes self-empowerment, secularity, and support groups. “Blogs are playing an important role in recovery,” Christi Farmer, assistant executive director of SMART Recovery®, says. “Many of those who blog within our online community advise that blogging helps to keep them focused on their recovery and helps them to be able to review their recovery progress.”
The goal of “Heroes in Recovery” is to reduce the stigma of substance use disorders by sharing stories of addiction recovery. Anyone can contribute a story or blog post, and the focus is on the personal journey of recovery.
“Sober Julie” is an award-winning sober blogger and book author. Her blog is “jam-packed” with recipes, travel tips, stories of recovery, sobriety tips, and reflections on how to live one’s best life. “I began writing Life Straight Up! as an online journal of recovery in 2010—at the time, there weren’t many publications focusing upon life in recovery and the beauty of it,” says Julie Elsdon-Height, blog owner at SoberJulie.com. “I encourage anyone who is considering writing a blog to do so! It’s liberating and can help someone else.”
Tommy Rosen is a pioneer in using yoga to help in addiction recovery—and he shares his insights and much more on his blog. He is also the founder and host of the “Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction” online conference series and the #MoveBeyond Group Coaching Program. “The national and global recovery community benefits greatly from all blogs that communicate positive, healing messages of love and connection,” Rosen says. “Since addiction is a disease of separation and isolation, part of the solution has to be coming into contact with others, be that face to face or online in virtual ways.” He continues: “I’ve received endless heartwarming feedback over the years from people in the Recovery 2.0 community who have reported that a blog has changed their life, kept them sober through a tough night, compelled them to choose rehab or to step into a meeting. This has encouraged me to no end to continue to write and communicate virtually in order to reach a person who may not be reached in that moment by any other means.
Author and journalist, Dirk Hanson writes about the science of substance abuse. His informative and exhaustive website features articles about drugs, addiction, and alcoholism, including the most recent scientific and medical findings.
This blog is a project to raise awareness around mental health disorders. It includes the creator’s own experiences, what has and has not helped her, as well as stories from others who face mental health problems. “I’m extremely passionate about spreading mental health awareness and healthy lifestyle, as well as helping people in any way I possibly can by sharing my and many others’ stories on my mental health blog,” says blog founder Kay Ska.
This heartbreaking blog discusses in detail what it’s like to be a non-alcoholic married to an end-stage alcoholic. Blogger Linda Bartee Doyne discusses alcoholism in particular as well as gives important insight into how to care for someone in the final stages of alcohol addiction.
Faces and Voices of Recovery is an organization whose aim is to mobilize people who are addicted and seeking treatment, and their families, friends, and neighbors into “recovery community organizations and networks.” Importantly, it advocates for resources and education aimed at long-term recovery for the 23 million Americans struggling with substance abuse.
Amy McDowell Marlow is a 20-year survivor of suicide loss with major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. She writes about mental illness on her blog, Blue Light Blue, which was named one of the 2016 best blogs on depression by Healthline, and has been published in the Washington Post. She is also a trained peer facilitator and public speaker with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). She writes to help reduce the stigma and raise awareness about mental health issues. “I am honored to be included on Cornerstone Recovery Center’s list of the top ten recovery blogs,” says Amy. “Recovery can feel like an isolating process, and I often found myself thinking that I was the only one going through such a difficult experience. On my blog, bluelightblue.com, I write about the hard work I have done to rebuild after an episode of severe mental illness. I share my own story because I want to help other people feel less alone, and also to help myself continue to heal. The more we talk about our own struggles and triumphs, the healthier our relationships will become – both with others and with ourselves.”
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