Posted on Apr 15, 2006 | Comments 0
Healthier living is a good choice for addiction recovery. The following are some choice tips towards a healthier approach to life.
Addiction Recovery With Online Communication
Reach out the World Wide Web for round the clock help. A variety of chat boards, list groups, email pals, message boards and other means of cyber-communications can help link people up for fellowship during their addiction recovery.
There are other addiction recovery programs, like 12-steps, which offer online meetings for those unable to attend in person. These online communication systems can offer healing interaction among fellow addiction fighters, when used in a safe and sensible manner.
Addiction Recovery â€“ Safe Online Communication Guidelines
Here are some general guidelines to follow for safe, healthy and effective communications. Firstly, depending upon the means of communication, most generally offer the user to key or type in questions, comments, ask for help, share ideas, cry on cyber-shoulders, etc. pretty much instantly.
And the websites with archived posts will allow you to browse and in-depth reading, if you are want to learn more on their own. Ask the moderator or person in charge of the site who is usually listed on the Contact-Us page for help. Take time to look around and learn the system and setup.
Secondly, do not use all capital letters when typing responses. That means shouting to some people and they may take offense.
And thirdly, be dubious of sharing images as they can be modified and re-used by anyone. Scenic shots might be fine to share, like of recovery places to visit. However, think twice before sharing family photos online with strangers.
Ask permission if others are in the shots, too, before sharing. Donâ€™t share, if you donâ€™t have their permission.
Online Safety Tips
Donâ€™t reveal your private information or anything that makes you uncomfortable. Many people feel they have the right to ask anything and force right on in. Ignore them, use your delete button or simply say that you are not at ease discussing â€œthatâ€ right now.
Even if the other inquiring person is, and try to keep out of cyber-fights, try not to be rude. Contact the Moderator or Webmaster, if you need help. If all else fails, move on to another forum, message board or other cyber-location, and leave that one alone for awhile. You can always revisit, see how things are and try again, if and when things calm down.
Realize that all kinds of people of all ages jump on the Internet, many healthy, but many unhealthy. So not every place is a healthy environment for you at all times. Nothing personal, itâ€™s just life. Period. And itâ€™s not your fault; thereâ€™s nothing you can do. Instead, seek healthier recovery activities and keep healing.
Be honest. Part of addiction recovery is facing refusal and no more lies. So if you are not at ease telling the truth, stop. Donâ€™t lie just stop. Return to healing and addiction recovery resources that you are at ease with and donâ€™t harm yourself.
Avoid topics that can trigger bad episodes, particularly those that could possibly mean returning to past addiction or related issues. Here is a small example to explain this, as shared at some addiction recovery 12-step meetings:
A person walks down the footpath and falls into a hole. He picks himself up, dusts himself off, climbs out of the hole and moves on. Next time this same man walks down that same footpath, he sees the hole up ahead and determines to go around it.
However, he accidentally falls in again, just as he skirts the edge of the hole. As before, he picks himself up, dusts himself off, climbs out of the hole and moves on. A third time going down the same footpath, this same man walks a little farther away from the hole, trying to by-pass it.
However, he trips over a rock in the path and falls in again anyway. And as before, he picks himself up, dusts himself off, climbs out of the hole and moves on. The forth time, the same person selects a different footpath and enjoys his walk.
The hole isnâ€™t there; he doesnâ€™t fall; thereâ€™s no need to climb out. From this we can learn that we should choose our paths wisely i.e. without any addiction.
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