Social media is a part of almost everyone’s daily life. There are good and bad aspects of using social media, and almost everyone makes mistakes. Just like in real, daily life, people in sobriety need to mindful of how they use social media and pay attention to what they get out of it.
Nobody says you can’t use Twitter or Facebook in recovery. It’s important to use it responsibly, and realize that social media is an extension of yourself, in real life. Who you are online is also who you are when no one is looking.
Social Media and Loneliness
A lot of lonely people use social media as a lifeline. While it’s great to have people you can turn to when you’re online, there is no substitute for meaningful friendships in-person. Yes, there are also 12-step meetings you can attend online. But how can anyone really get to know you if you refuse to leave your bedroom?
In-person 12-step meetings are essential for you, especially in your first year sober. Too anxious to leave the house? Then it’s time to get help for your anxiety disorder. Ask a friend or family member to help.
Online 12-step meetings can help supplement your recovery, especially during the holidays or if you can’t sleep. But don’t “go it alone” and expect online support to be the only thing you need to stay sober.
Living Life Online in Recovery
What do you do when somebody you used to get high with wants to be your friend on Facebook? Believe it or not, this can be triggering! Staying in your own lane is important to moving on.
Make friends online with others in recovery, joing Facebook groups that are on recovery topics, and don’t spend time stalking your old using friends. By posting on recovery topics and meeting new people in recovery all over the world, you will truly feel a “part of” the recovery community.
Telling your story online will also help you meet people. For many people in recovery, it’s hard to know your own story. Practice telling people about yourself online, where they won’d judge you. Who knows? Maybe your story will also save a life.
Look for hashtags online that are recovery oriented, such as #12steps, #recovery, etc. While you’re at it, make sure you aren’t comparing yourself to others online. Remember, people such as influencers do a lot of things to look artifically good, like using lighting, Photoshop, and taking dozens of photos. Comparing your inside to their outside is silly; many things you see online are staged and more fictional than anyone realizes.
Getting Help for Addiction
Addiction can be a struggle for anyone from any walk of life, but there is help available! You can choose to reclaim your life by taking the first step and picking up the phone. We will help you navigate your treatment options and all calls are confidential. Call us at 619-363-4767.