The Internet Age has changed how we go about our lives, and this is no different in the world of alcoholism recovery.
Alcoholic anonymous online meetings are becoming increasingly popular and opening up new ways in which the alcohol dependent can manage his or her condition.
This innovation has facilitated the continuing dominance of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is now, more than ever, seen as the 'only' viable way to recover from alcoholism.
There are some definite pros to having the ability to access Alcoholic Anonymous online meetings.
With the nature of the internet, people can access a group around the clock, every single day. Since users are from all over the globe, you will almost always be able to find another soul to chat with. Often that is all that is needed to stave off the desire to pick up a drink – just talking about it and having the other person understand can be a huge relief.
Writing about your desires for a drink as well as your reasons for not wanting to give in to the urge is often a cathartic experience. That's why many counselors in alcohol rehab programs will recommend that you start a journal.
There is something about the act of writing it all down that can lift a weight from your mind as it gives you an outlet to explore feelings that could be hard to verbalize. Some find it easier to write about their addiction and their journey to healing than they do to actually talk about it.
It is also easier to not be self-conscious or embarrassed when you are not face-to-face with a bunch of strangers.
Yes, there are cons to online Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.
For some people, it's that contact with other people that is what they need to keep them going. It is far too easy to shut oneself off from human contact and do everything from behind a computer screen. This could lead to unhealthy emotional states in a recovering alcoholic that could end in depression or backsliding into drinking again.
Another major con that should at least be considered is the fact that Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings are supposed to be completely anonymous – there is no record of members or attendees and you only have to give your first name.
While on the face of it, you may think it's just as anonymous on the web but that's simply not the case.
With most, if not all Alcoholic Anonymous online meetings, you will need to register with the site hosting the meetings. Most online AA meetings will only ask you for a first name but with all of them you must give an email and somewhere in the site's database is a record of your IP address. These two things can be used to find your identity within a matter of a few minutes.
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