Participating in one of the many online and anonymous forums, message boards and blogs that discuss addiction and the ancillary medical conditions that accompany it are highly valuable tools for the addict and family members. An added bonus to the daily give-and-take of empathy, compassion and feeling that one is not alone, are the, resources, research and informational articles that members share in their postings.
As we know, addiction is not a typically ‘friendly’ condition; that is it is not a popular topic. Therefore ‘friending’ someone via the internet based solely on addiction may not be the best first step. But being able to open up namelessly via other communication options on the web offers huge opportunities for help and healing.
Since addiction is a societal problem, it is best when those of us affected by it know of at least one place we can visit during our own private time and share our experiences. If we’re not ready to share, we read and learn – also known as lurking – but a perfectly acceptable way to get one’s feet wet when joining an internet group for the first time.
Dalal Akoury, MD says, “In my research, I have found many interactive addiction forums, discussion boards, and blogs on the net. Some of them are paid services while a larger percentage are free and equally effective. The single benefit to a paid option is that you can get answers instantly from online attendants who are knowledgeable, are expertly trained and certified addiction specialists. Since they are experienced, they also are aware of physical and mental health problems that accompany addiction, including certain complications of which a recovering addict or support person may be unaware.”
How Can We Make a Positive Contribution to Addiction Recovery?
Because of the proven value and importance of such online engagements, as well as the usefulness and effectiveness of in-person support groups, how can we embrace and make these sites more useful? For example, upon completion of a 12-step addiction recovery program, one is required to begin sharing and helping others navigate the recovery program. In the same manner, when we achieve success in our fight to resume normalcy in our lives after addiction, it’s important that we share with others to motivate and inspire them to follow suit.
We can do this by either participating in one of the many online sites available already or carving out a new niche, creating our own local forum, blog, discussion board or, even, website and start sharing. It takes more than a village to maintain addiction recovery, it’s what I like to call a collective of like minds. So, let’s talk about our own journeys, inspire others and spread our success stories that enabled us to be free again.
Finally, from Dr. Dalal Akoury:
As we encourage these forums, let’s consider and encourage treatments that work for a lifetime and discourage approaches that only deal with eliminating withdrawal symptoms. Let’s embrace treatments that are customized and individualized, focused on a holistic restoration of the body, mind and spirit. In my practice, we utilize intravenous amino acid (Amino Acid IV), neuroendocrine restoration, NADS and Detox programs, as well as natural addiction recovery, detox and out-patient and in-patient treatments.
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Dalal Akoury, MD, Founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center
Dr. Dalal Akoury is fellowship trained and certified in anti-aging functional and regenerative medicine, as well as having more than twenty years of accumulated experience in emergency medicine, pediatrics, and a master’s degree in public health. She has also served fellowships in pediatric hematology/oncology and has preformed research in leukemia and the effects of smoking.
About developing her dream, AWAREmed and Wellness U, Dr. Akoury says, “My mission is to ignite the spark of health deep within everyone, and to allow this sparkle of wellness to shine through everyone’s eyes, becoming one with the universe, and aligning body, mind, and spirit.”
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