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Getting Sober: Hope In the Rooms and Online

By Therese J. Borchard
Associate Editor

Getting Sober: Hope In the Rooms and Online

Recovering alcoholics say there is magic to be found in the rooms of their support groups. I have experienced and benefited from that, but, like others can’t name the exact ingredient of the meetings that has healing faculties.

Tara Handron, a playwright and actress, does as good of a job as anyone I’ve known, at uncovering why and how recovering alcoholics are able to stay sober when they spill their guts between four walls.

The other night I attended her one-person performance, a 60-minute play, that discards clich├ęd portrayals of recovery and relies on complex characters and richly layered stories to expose the raw emotions so many alcoholic women experience. Tara’s back-to-back portrayals of over 20 female alcoholics of various ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds come out of her own thesis research on the subject, in face-to-face and computer mediated recovery meetings, as part of her Master’s degree program at Georgetown University. She challenges the role of technology, specifically online recovery meetings, is playing in the rehabilitation of alcoholics in the new millennium.

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Getting Sober: Hope In the Rooms and Online

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  1. While I completely agree that online forums can be helpful for garnering support in our journeys to recover from addiction and mental illness, I think we need to be careful not to overstate their usefulness. Addicts and depressives are prone to isolation, and just seeking help online can keep us locked into being alone.

    Supplementing your real-life support network with online communities is useful, but please don’t rely on these tools alone.



  2. Just joined your group and need help. I want to get it right in 2011. So far, I haven’t had a drink. I have so much shame and guilt though having my husband and kids deal with my mood swings. My husband and kids had enough. I finally have had enough and realize I can’t do this on my own. Any help for this newcomer would be appreciated. God Bless us all in 2011. Shauna

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