About 16.6 million adults and almost 700,000 adolescents in the United States have an alcohol use disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health. But less than 8 percent of them ever seek the treatment they need, which is certainly part of the reason why alcoholism is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
Whether an individual is an alcoholic or has a problem with binge drinking, seeking assistance can help them enjoy a healthy life.
Finding support online can be a tremendous asset for people who are battling alcoholism. Here are some of the most essential assets on the web.
Addiction Blog is a network of writers and bloggers who are leaders in the addiction field, all brought together by Lee Weber. Topics aren’t limited to alcoholism, with articles about sex addiction, gambling, and more, plus discussion of how mental health and social factors can play a role in addiction.
Tweet them: @addictionblog
Dirk Hanson is the author of “The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction.” On his blog, he shares posts on alcoholism as well as other forms of addiction, including drug use. There are also reports on the latest health studies, medications, and news on marijuana legalization, as well as discussions about potential herbal supplements like kudzu that could limit cravings.
Tweet him: @Dirk57
Based in London, Addy blogs about her experiences with a husband who died from alcoholism. She also writes about everyday life — some pertains to alcoholism, some does not — and shares memories of her husband, talks about her own health, her adult daughter, and her views on Al-Anon, a recovery program for the family and friends of people who have drinking problems.
The Discovering Alcoholic
Hear from someone who has battled alcoholism himself. Gavin has been sober since 1994. In 2007, he launched Discovering Alcoholic, creating a community where alcoholics and those affected can connect with one another. He blogs about his own experiences, new apps, and resources for people who have gone or are going sober, as well as videos and more.
Drunky Drunk Girl
If you’re looking for an honest look at what the sober life is like, you may enjoy this collection of posts, which read very much like a diary. Drunky Drunk Girl is a recovering alcoholic who is honest about the realities and struggles of sobriety — from feeling left out on Halloween, to having to live with the decisions you made before you decided to take alcohol out of your life.
This blog is packed with resources on addiction and recovery. It includes articles about breaking news, medical innovations, interviews, and reviews and information about rehab facilities. Blog posts discuss sober living from people going through it, coping strategies, ideas for how to handle your emotions without alcohol, and discussions on policies regarding treatment for substance abuse.
Tweet them: @_TheFix
Guinevere Gets Sober
Interested to hear from a recovering alcoholic who is sharing her stories? Jennifer Matesa began writing under the pseudonym “Guinevere” about her journey with addiction, before branching out with this award-winning addiction blog, which features news and opinions related to drug abuse and the painkiller industry as a whole.
Tweet her: @Guinevere64
The High-Functioning Alcoholic
Sarah Allen Benton, M.S., LMHC, LPC is a therapist and owner of Benton Behavioral Health Consulting. Through this blog, she seeks to understand and draw attention to what she calls a “hidden class” of alcoholics — namely, high-functioning addicts, who are people you would not suspect of having a problem. Benton, author of “Understanding the High-functioning Alcoholic,” also offers up actionable tips for people who are trying to cut down on their drinking, and discusses how events and news stories can impact an addict.
The Immortal Alcoholic
Linda Bartee Doyle is not a certified expert on alcoholism. But living with an end-stage alcoholic — her husband of 40 years — she certainly knows her fair share. On her blog, Linda shares what it’s like to spend the holidays with an alcoholic and meet other people going through similar experiences, she discusses the health effects of alcoholism, and more.
I’m Just F.I.N.E.
Alcoholism affects more than just the person who drinks, and Syd is a prime example. He is the adult son of an alcoholic father, whose sister was also an alcoholic, and who is now married to an alcoholic. Syd says he suffers from, and is recovering from, many of the same issues that plague people with substance abuse problems, including low self-esteem. On his blog, he covers a wide range of topics and shares personal experiences from his home in South Carolina.
Tweet him: @Syd_is_FINE
Mrs. D Is Going Without
She gave up drinking at 39, after having been a steady drinker since she was 15. On her blog, the eponymous Mrs. D recounts her experiences with alcohol and as a sober person. Based in New Zealand, she paints a complete picture of what it’s been like for her, chronicling both the highs and lows of sobriety. She’s also created sections that chronicle the emotions and challenges she faced during her first 12 months of sobriety, so you can journey back with her as she shares tips and insights into beginning a sober life.
Tweet her: @MrsDalcoholfree
The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is the biggest funding source for alcohol research in the world. Their website is packed with information for clinicians, researchers, people who think or know they have a problem, and those who just want to support someone with an alcohol issue. Learn more about alcohol and alcohol-related issues, including its effects on different segments of the population.
Tweet them: @NIAAAnews
Whether you are an alcoholic or have a loved one who is an addict, this blog will move you. Published by a nonprofit group that advocates for addicts and their families, its founder, Gary Mendell, lost his son Brian to addiction after years of a joint struggle to assist him. Browse through the resources that include information on legal help for addicts, family stories, and news on drug abuse. The My Last Photo feature includes photos of people who have passed away due to addiction.
Tweet them: @ShatterproofHQ
Sober in 100 Days
Bren Murphy started this blog as an experiment to stop drinking, and found himself falling off the wagon. But in 2015, he reported that he was now sober for 18 months and began chronicling his experiences with alcoholism and sobriety. He runs programs to help others stop drinking and discover sobriety, and talks about how his insecurities and fears — public speaking, for example — fueled his desire to drink, and how he’s learned to overcome them.
Tweet him: @br3nmurphy
Julie began this blog as part of her recovery from alcoholism, but the scope goes far beyond that. Her stories range from what it’s like being a caregiver to aging parents, to dealing with her post-traumatic stress disorder. She also has two children, and shares everything from recipes, parenting struggles, and fitness goals, to travel plans and sobriety tips.
Tweet her: @SoberJulie
Jean’s journey with alcohol began in private, and ended in private. But with her blog, she’s tried to reach as many people as possible, starting in 2011. Her insights are extremely personal, and she also shares informative graphics. From tips on how to make your home and medicine sober-friendly, to survival guides for events that seem to promote drinking, like the Super Bowl, this is an excellent resource for anyone who is getting sober or knows someone who is.
Tweet her: @unpickledblog