Friday Sober Jukebox – We are family

SUMA researchThis song feels appropriate today seeing as it is my son’s birthday!  We are off as a family to the seaside for the week-end to celebrate 🙂

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:

http://www.fead.org.uk/video/sophie-chambers-the-suma-project-soberistas-understanding-a-new-form-of-mutual-aid/

SUMA sampleThis 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.com/SE/?SID=SV_bPC9XJshl4MBatL 

Thank you!

11 thoughts on “Friday Sober Jukebox – We are family

  1. Hi Louise,

    Congrats on your son! 🙂 Wishing you a beautiful weekend! I can do with some online time now so I’ll fill in the survey. You might want to check the link though because not all the text is blue so if I push the link it does not work, need to copy the full http to a new tab in order to reach it.

    Wishing you all beautiful weather and a lovely family time. 🙂

    xx, Feeling

  2. Did the survey, spammed them right back the Feeling way! 😉 Poor students, having to read 4 pages of ‘how I did it’ :-D.

  3. Well we all knew it worked but it’s good to see it in black and white. Happy birthday to your son and hope you have a great weekend. Sisters in sobriety! !!!! Xxx

  4. Have a great weekend by the sea marra! Friday jukebox!! I’ll be bombarding you with suggestions

  5. Happy Birthday to your son 😀 ! I hope you have a lovely weekend, I’d truly be lost without my online “family” and will definitely complete the survey! xx

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