New study shows: Reddit community helps thousands of alcoholics stay sober
Research from Recovery.org has found that one community on Reddit is helping 50,000 people worldwide recovering from their addiction.
For some folks this is a great way to make them feel comfortable about getting involved with sobriety, taking that first step, making an effort to find out more about it,” John Robson, Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse Chief Operating Officer, said, according to NewsFix.
Recovery on Reddit
Reddit is a social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. Reddit’s registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links. Registered users can then vote submissions up or down to organize the posts and determine their position on the site’s pages. The submissions with the most positive votes appear on the front page or the top of a category.
The sub-reddit “Stop Drinking” is loosely similar to traditional recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous.
Reddit usernames are anonymous and subscribers with more days of sobriety often offer up their own experience on dealing with relapse, withdrawal and difficult social situations.
There is a philosophy in the recovery community that says you can’t keep it if you don’t give it away. And I think that that may ring true in this venue as well,” Robson said.
An estimated 77% of subscribers are still in their first year without alcohol, but together they’ve racked up almost 8,000 years of sobriety.