All forums are not created alike, however, and forums dealing with alcohol dependence are no different.
There are some excellent forums out there but there are also many that aren't very good at all.
On this page we will explain what to look for in the search for good alcoholism forums as well as point out a few of the best ones we've found.
The first thing to look for in forums dealing with alcohol issues would be the activity level.
How many members there are is important but it's up to you whether you would like to see a lot of members or a smaller, more intimate group.
The most important thing is that there is activity every day, preferably quite a bit of activity. Otherwise, it won't be as useful as a support mechanism for when you need help.
IDEALS OF THE FORUM
The other truly crucial factor to choosing an alcohol dependence forum would be that the ideals of the particular forum line up with your own philosophies.
For example, if you are a devout Christian who firmly believes that God will help you in your pursuit of sobriety, then a forum that operates on atheistic principles will not be a comfortable place for you.
A good alcoholism forum (or any forum for that matter) will have an active, fair and informed moderator(s). The role of the moderator is to 'police' the activity in the forum. Typically, a moderator welcomes newbies, check any discussions going on for spammy comments, flaming, rule violations, and will contribute constructively to the board as and when needed.
It is relatively easy to spot an unmoderated or badly moderated alcohol forum as the things listed above will not be getting done. Stay away form these forums as you could be misinformed, mislead or even insulted.
Examples of Great Alcoholism Forums
There are some very large and active forums dealing with alcohol dependence on the web and here are just a few of the best ones we've found.
If the forums below are not to your liking then, as mentioned, there are plenty more out there. The trick is to try as many as you can and to settle on the one you feel most comfortable with.
Sober Recovery offers an excellent forum for those who follow AA principles. They offer sections to discuss each of the 12 steps and is a very active group with over 73,000 members. Be warned, this forum is very 12 step oriented so if you don't like the AA approach to alcoholism treatment, then avoid this one.
Sober'n Clean is partly an AA forum, hosted on facebook. It is a very active forum that offers a variety of both AA sections and alternative programs to discuss. One of the best features of this particular forum is they also include sections for those with dual diagnosis, such as PTSD or depression disorders.
The Sinclair Method.com This is an alcohol forum that focuses primarily on the so-called Sinclair Method. A contentious method that involves alcoholics continuing drinking while taking the anti-craving drug, Naltrexone. A 75% success rate is head shoulders above that which can be claimed by Alcoholics Anonymous. This forum gives an insight into the method and the experiences of those attempting to cut down on their alcohol intake using it. There are also useful discussions on other 'alternative' alcoholism treatments such as aversion therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). (For more on this unique alcoholism method, read the Sinclair Method)
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