It also feels appropriate because it resonates with some excellent research that the University of Southampton have completed exploring the success of mutual aid in recovery as represented by the Soberistas website. The image to the left represents the different stages relating to online identity and alcohol use that the researchers found during their grounded research qualitative study. You can watch the full 13 minute presentation here:
This was a robust qualitative study that covered a wide representative demographic. It was such a positive and optimistic research study of the phenomena that we know only too well out here in the soberverse to do with identity transformation. How people can change their drinking with no professional intervention through the support of others role-modelling the behaviour around them whether as part of a fee paying community such as Soberistas, or all the other free groups that I am aware of: the BFB on FB & Yahoo, SWANS, Living Sober, Club Soda – the list is ever growing! Plus I think that’s what us sober bloggers do too – people can come and read our stories and identify and that helps them to feel less alone and to think that change is possible. It it both empowering and affirming to read research findings to support what we instinctively know and feel.
So over to that tune! I feel we are a family out here too so this tune is for both my son and you my sober online family 🙂
PS I’ve been approached by the University of Southern California asking for your help in some research they are doing.
We’re interested in hearing about people’s experiences in addiction and recovery. If you are aged 18 or older, believe you have ever been addicted to drugs, alcohol, or another substance, and you have substantially reduced or entirely stopped use at any point, you are eligible to participate in our study. The study consists of an online and completely anonymous survey. We estimate that the study will take between ten and twenty minutes. Participation is voluntary.
Here is the link to the survey: https://usc.qualtrics.