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About the forums

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:46 pm
by Vik
Find out all about the forums, how they can help and if they're suitable for you.

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This area covers the following questions you may have:
What is it?
How can it help?
Is it right for me?
How is it moderated?

What is it?

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:47 pm
by Vik
The recovery-oriented online community is a non-judgemental, welcoming, and safe place to connect with others with similar life experiences. It is a place to connect with peers, be inspired and liberated by others, and share your journey, strategies and advice.
It is a place for both those maintaining change, and concerned friends and family.

Beyond barriers -
Factors such as geography, transport and busy schedules can be barriers to accessing services.
Being online, our program is able to provide support beyond this.

Clinically operated-
These forums are moderated by alcohol and drug counsellors. While this is not a counselling service, our role here is to maintain a safe environment to best allow for members to support one another online.

How can it help?

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:49 pm
by Vik
“Online engagement represents an effective way of supporting the process of recovery” [1]
“Evidence suggests that a peer-supported community programme focused on self-determination can have a significant positive impact on recovery…” [2]
This is a peer support community.
This means it is a community where people with similar experiences in life can connect and support one another.

This can help people in different ways, including
  • Inspiration from hearing the strength and success of others
  • Advice, ideas and strategy from peers
  • Feeling less lonely knowing others are going through similar experiences
  • A support from people who understand what you're going through
[1] Bliuc, Ana-Maria & Best, David & Iqbal, Muhammad & Upton, Katie. (2017). Building addiction recovery capital through online participation in a recovery community. Social Science & Medicine, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.09.050
[2] Boisvert, R. A., Martin, L. M., Grosek, M., & Clarie, A. J. (2008). Effectiveness of a peer‐support community in addiction recovery: participation as intervention. Occupational Therapy International, 15(4), 205-220.

Is it right for me?

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:01 pm
by Vik
This community is open to all recovery–focused people, regardless the stage of their journey – as reflected in our Philosophy statement.
  • People in Australia, aged over 18 years.
  • People contemplating making changes to their substance use.
  • People taking action and making changes to problematic substance use
  • People who see themselves as ‘in recovery’ or ‘recovered’ from substance use.
  • Friends and family of people managing problematic substance use.

How is it moderated?

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:01 pm
by Vik
Our site is currently moderated by health professionals 7 days a week between 9am and 9pm. These professionals make up the Facilitation team.
For the integrity and safety of our community, all posts must first be approved by a member of the facilitation team before being visible on the site. We endeavour to do this as soon as possible.

We moderate content based on our philosophy and community guidelines. From time to time there may be an issue with your post. If this happens, we will send an email to the address you registered with to explain this and work with you to rephrase your post in order for it to be able to go live. We want your post to go live! And will do everything we can to assist this.