5 Sober Social Networks to Follow
One of the core tenets of most self help sobriety programs, such as AA, NA, CA, Smart Recovery and Refuge Recovery is peer to peer support. There is something comforting about talking to and relating with someone who is on the same journey that you are. In the past peer to peer support was mainly obtained at self help meetings or similar events. In the last few years, but especially in the last 12 months since the pandemic started, more and more online recovery support has become available. We all know most self help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Smart Recovery are offering their meetings virtually but there are also various sober social networks becoming available. Sober social networks are informal digital communities which provide a forum for individuals pursuing a sober lifestyle to communicate. These sober social networks can be an invaluable tool for those of us in recovery especially within our “new normal”. We have compiled a list of the top four sober social network communities below:
Popular Sober Social Communities:
Reddit: A Support Group in Your Pocket!
This popular sober social network community, located on reddit, focuses on controlling, limiting, or abstaining from alcohol use specifically. They ask that users only post or participate while sober. The main focus in this subreddit forum is to create a forum where users can ask for advice, share experiences, give advice, support and or motivate new members trying to quit or cut down. This sober social network boasts a membership of about 281,000 at the time of this article’s writing.
This is a smaller more intimate sober social network located mainly on Facebook although there is also a podcast available. This Facebook group is all inclusive and welcoming to anyone from the newly sober-curious individual all the way up to the individual in long term sobriety. The group’s membership is small but growing at about 1200 members.
Redditors In Recovery
The place for Redditors in recovery from addiction.
Redditor’s in Recovery is exactly what the name suggests. This is a subreddit for those who are in recovery from addiction. The rules here are more lax than the prior two communities. While this is designed primarily as a support forum, the rules allow for conversation on various topics. This provides a great opportunity to socialize digitally with like minded peers. The subreddit currently has 40,000 members at the time of this article’s writing.
Sober Movement Instagram
This is an Instagram page dedicated to promoting a sober lifestyle. This Instagram community is run by the non profit sober movement. It can be more accurately described as a sobriety page rather than community. Unlike the previous three sober social network communities, Sober Movement exclusively posts content while allowing members to comment on its content. Many of their posts contain before and after pictures, or motivational stories of sobriety. This page does not allow users to create their own posts. This format is dictated by Instagram. As of the time of this article’s writing it has 80,000 followers.
Popular Recovery Hashtags
Hashtags are another way that the recovery community has been communicating on social media as of late. What is a hashtag? According to dictionary.com, a hashtag is “a word or phrase preceded by a hash mark (#), used within a message to identify a keyword or topic of interest and facilitate a search for it”. The recovery community will use recovery related hashtags on their posts so that others in recovery are able to easily search for these posts. While there are 100’s if not 1000’s of recovery related hashtags being used on social media currently, we do not want to put you to bore you to death with such an extensive list. Instead we have selected our top five favorite hashtags on social media.
Top 5 Recovery Hashtags to follow on social media
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