20 Truly Exceptional Alcohol Addiction Resources
This blog is a very honest report by a former alcoholic who almost lost everything precious to him, but who decided to tackle his problems and stop drinking. His blog posts are frank, emotional and sometimes painful, but he writes very well and seems totally lacking in self pity. At the time of review, the home page shows the most recent blog: powerful musings on the author’s five-year-old daughter’s recent birthday and the change in his life and attitude from when she was born.
Other highlights of the site include a ticker at the bottom of each page showing the days, hours, minutes and even seconds that the author has remained sober. There is also an ‘about me’ page giving useful background detail, plus a short questionnaire that visitors can complete and post the answers below to join in the discussion and enjoy mutual support. Overall, this is an inspirational, well written personal story.
This is a ‘warts and all’ blog about a man’s battle against alcoholism. Graphic pictures of the author’s dishevelled appearance when he was in the clutches of alcohol abuse are shocking, but his blog posts are well presented, sensitively written and informative.
The layout is a little dated now, as is the orange backgrounds, and the multiple advertisements are somewhat distracting. Yet for those who can see beyond all that, the content is well worth reading. One especially powerful entry is entitled: Drug and alcohol abuse: ten things I hate about alcoholism and depression. Food for thought, indeed.
This is a visually attractive site with some great images and a simple, easy-to-read layout. It is a personal report of a family man named Chaz, who has been battling with alcohol addiction and charting his journey via this blog. Chaz talks a fair bit about his experiences at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), as well as his Christian faith. He also comments on relevant current affairs, such as Whitney Houston’s death.
Blog posts are sometimes irregular, but Chaz makes sure to check in often with brief messages for his supporters, which implies that the blog is well visited. It is upbeat and informative, with a sprinkling of useful links to other resources, books etc
This website has been set up by three ladies who have all been affected by alcoholism. It is less their personal journey and more an information and support resource for others battling the addiction. Indeed, as their own mission statement says, “Crying Out Now is a community of women speaking about addiction and recovery – telling our truths, and breaking down the walls of stigma and denial surrounding addiction – One Story at a Time.
The home page leads with several (anonymous) testimonies sent in by visitors to the site and they are powerful to read – honest and painful accounts of individual set-backs, struggles and triumphs. The site provides clear guidelines over how to submit a testimonial, as well as a useful list of links to other addiction and recovery related blogs.
This is a personal blog by Emily – a mother of teenagers and a recovering alcoholic. She talks a lot about her experiences with both alcohol and her family, which provides her readers with engaging insight into her life and her character. However, further into the blog, Emily also talks more generally about issues connected with addiction, for example, the debate over whether you should test your teenage child if you suspect they may be using drugs.
Emily includes plenty of inspirational quotes too, such as: “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life,” from Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling. There is certainly plenty to read on this interesting blog that has been written by an author with plenty of character.
‘Casa nuevo vida’ translates as ‘house of new life’ and this is exactly what this California-based organisation is offering. They manage ‘sober living’ houses’ where men fighting addictions can reside for a while to receive guidance and support. The organisation focuses on helping their clients lead not only sober and clean lives, but also a life that has a meaningful purpose to it.
The website sets out the organisation’s services very clearly and is attractively laid out, with a photo gallery of current and former clients getting involved in various activities. A particularly good feature of the site, however, is its blog. This looks in some detail at a number of related topics, from scientific studies into the benefits of helping others to how a relationship can survive a partner’s addiction and recovery.
This website is run by Gavin – the self-styled ‘Discovery Alcoholic’ – a man in recovery from his alcohol addiction since 1994. It is a mix of personal experiences and useful resources – a separate tab called ‘The Sober Toolbox’ offers a set of blog posts with advice on topics such as how to avoid temptation or get the most out of support group meetings.
Much of the writing has been done by ‘Screedler’ – an ex alcoholic who managed to ‘get clean’ while he was in jail. One particularly fascinating part of the site is a set of letters written by Screedler to his family while he was incarcerated. Not strictly alcoholism-based, but they make for stark and compelling reading. Clearly, Screedler is an expert communicator who adds much value to this interesting, honest site.
This is an upbeat personal account written by Ben, who is charting his attempts to give up the booze for one whole year, starting from November 2011 in this enjoyable blog. The site has been designed using calming colours, sharp graphics and a good, clear lay-out. Ben writes compellingly, using humour to express his ideas – he even ends posts with a ‘little booze joke’.
There are plenty of links to other alcohol related websites, as well as a top ten list of reasons to give up the booze – entries include ‘you’ll think clearer’ and ‘you’ll give your liver a break’. Finally, there is a free ‘Year of Living Sober’ calendar available to anyone who gets in touch via the website’s contact form. Great stuff.
This blog makes for some difficult reading; however it is well worth pursuing. It is the personal report of an older lady caring for her end-stage alcoholic husband and her battle to secure the medical support necessary to ease his discomfort, although he now lives in a hospice. This website carries a ticker, which is in direct contrast to some of the more positive uses of this device seen across the internet: it counts on from the last day that she saw her husband sober.
The layout is a little old fashioned and does not carry many images, which makes finding the different articles rather harder, but the content is compelling and a stark warning of the consequences of a lifetime of alcohol abuse. One particularly harrowing entry describes his physical appearance and a plea to other alcoholics not to let their fate become the same as that of her husband.
This is the website of an Australian organisation that provides information, tips and advice on how to cut down or stop drinking. The website focuses on family matters – how alcohol affects parents, children and expectant mothers and the facts that all parents need to know. Content includes results of scientific studies, relevant issues from Australian current affairs and medical facts about alcohol and its effect on the young human body.
The site appears trustworthy and is attractive with engaging images, plenty of links and well-written text. It has several social media links too –great for families looking for peer-based support. Another interesting section is the media area, which lists latest press releases and news of initiatives led or supported by Drink Wise. A reassuring find for concerned parents, youth support workers and other carers.
This is an extremely comprehensive British website giving information and advice for people affected by alcoholism and other related problems. The home page is full of information, but it is laid out clearly, with an engaging mixture of text, images and even a video to attract attention.
Information ranges from facts about alcohol and its effect on the human body to how to dealing with hangovers and helping affected children. An especially useful tool is ‘My Drinkaware’: a for visitors to set up their own challenges to cut down their drinking, thus providing accountability, plus a unit checker to work out what someone is actually ingesting on, say, a night out. Hard facts and some excellent practical tools.
This website approaches the topic of alcohol addiction from a rather different angle. Paul Garrigan, the author, is a writer who was born in Ireland but who has spent time in England and Thailand. He adopts a more spiritual approach. He found a solution to his drinking problems in a Buddhist temple in Thailand. Now, he has written a book about his life and recovery from addiction, called ‘Dead Drunk’.
Paul writes a blog on the site, which encompasses all kinds of topics related to addiction. He looks a lot at the spiritual side of recovery, detailing some of the methods used in his own treatment, such as astral travel, and debating the efficacy and morality of other approaches. The blog is an interesting read, and unearths a new side of the addiction and recovery discussion to consider.
Described as ‘a sort of online AA for mums’, this website offers exactly what its name suggests. Online support for mothers concerned about their levels of alcohol consumption. Ironically, the homepage at the time of this review carries a post from April 2012, indicating the author’s intention to stop updating the site, as she feels she has reached the stage in her life where she no longer needs this kind of support.
That said, there is a plethora of older blog posts and articles still available on the site that are well worth reading. Sections covering tell tale signs of a possible addiction and advice on getting – and staying – sober are excellent places to start, while another great feature is the collection of exotic-looking non-alcoholic cocktail recipes.
This is an upbeat personal account from New Zealand about cutting back on alcohol, entitled ‘Mrs D is going without’. The eponymous Mrs D – a wife and mother of three sons -has decided to remove from her life after more than 20 years and now reflects on the ups and downs of her life since taking that decision.
Mrs D talks about her family and her emotions as she embraces her new booze-free life and her blog posts are both entertaining and inspiring. She includes a detailed biography, plus some details of how she gave up the drink. Another useful resource is a list of books on the subject that Mrs D recommends.
Dietriffic is a web guide to living a healthier lifestyle. Passionate about truly helping people, the site features plenty of real information and facts about how to make your life healthier. It ignores fads and magazine article style guides aimed at raising money, and instead looks at subjects such as low carbohydrate side dishes, nutrition myths, raw chocolate and better breakfasts. There’s even information relating to weight loss apps for phones and computers.
This personal account is by a young mother of two who finds strength in her faith and is keen to share her story to help others. She writes a regular blog, which often includes accounts of other people at various stages of their journeys towards sobriety. Anyone is invited to submit their story and join this supportive online community.
Julie also blogs about her faith and the challenges it presents, as well as personal reflections on her life and her family. This makes for an interesting, though not especially informative reading and could well provide some much-needed inspiration to readers struggling with the same issues. Julie also lists a series of ‘mocktails’ on the site – alcohol-free cocktails to make at home.
This faith-driven blog offers readers the chance to read about people tackling alcoholism and the road to recovery, and to write and submit their own entries. The use of calm, restful images creates a mellow feel to the site, which has a reassuring feeling of community and support, although there is not much in the way of practical advice or professional sources of information available.
Blog posts on this site appear in easy-to-read, multi-coloured ‘nuggets’ and there is a list of other related blogs that could be of interest to the right of the main section. There are also a number of social media sign-up points including Facebook and Twitter – the latter could work particularly well for someone looking for daily sound-bites or messages of support.
The home page has sleek lines, serious silhouette images and a no-nonsense tone that points to a professional approach straight away. The website provides advice and practical information for people wanting to stop drinking and improve their quality of life. From tell tale signs of impending alcoholism to treatment methods, articles and blog posts go into detail about issues being faced and ways to tackle them.
The blog posts all have the same serious, practical feel to them, with appropriate images and clear content to reassure readers. One tab on the menu bar does lead to a slightly overly sales-y page asking visitors to sign up to receive a free ‘stop drinking’ guide, but the rest of the website looks like a proper, trustworthy information source with no hidden agendas.
Opening with a peaceful photograph of sailing boats at sunset, this site goes on to tell the tale of Syd – a young man who has recovered from his alcohol addiction with the help of support group Al-Anon. While he expressly states that he is not representing Al-Anon, it is clear that he credits the organisation and its 12-step plan towards recovery with his return to a normal, sober life.
Syd blogs about his addiction treatment, but he also talks a lot about his normal family life, demonstrating how he has been able to return to a proper, fully functioning life. Many members of Syd’s family have been or still are alcoholics and knowing that fact seems to make his record of his journey to sobriety that bit extra special.
This is an ‘in yer face’ kind of blog, which greets readers with the words ‘sober living – life at full throttle’ and a picture of the author astride a motorbike. Darlene Steelman writes about her journey to sobriety and her life since achieving it five years ago.
As well as advice on overcoming addiction, Darlene also uses the site to link to her other blogs about music of the ‘80s, rock ‘n’ roll and motorcycles. Basically, you won’t find much practical advice or personal testimony about alcoholism and recovery here, but you can read about a feisty lady who overcame her own demons and is now having a blast. Pretty inspiring!