Social Media Use in Recovery
Social media definitely has its pros and cons, with studies citing harmful effects like depression and poor body image as well as positive powers like the ability to create feelings of support and hope. When used properly – and in moderation – social media can be a great way to communicate with others in recovery and the field of addiction.
Here are a few tips for using social media to enhance your recovery:
- Do let your addiction counselors lead the way. First and foremost, follow the rules of your rehab when it comes to the use of technology and social media use.
- Do choose your friends wisely. Many addiction experts recommend limiting or blocking connections with old drinking or drugging buddies, as their posts and/or photos could serve as relapse triggers.
- Do be mindful of your useage. Spending more then two or three hours per day on social media has been linked to depression, so try to limit yourself. Also, make sure that your friends, feeds and followers are supporting (not sabotaging) your recovery efforts. Posting your sobriety milestones on Facebook or following Instagram accounts that offer daily inspiration are just a couple of ways that social media can be used to enhance your addiction recovery.
- Do use social media to grow your support group. It can be a great platform for staying connected to the friends and counselors who you meet in rehab. Like the page of your rehab, along with any reputable recovery resources recommended by your sponsor or addiction counselor.
Getting Professional Support and Treatment
Remember that social media does not take the place of professional help and treatment for a substance use disorder. Elm Tree Recovery provides structured living and treatment programs for young adults, ages 17 to 28. To learn more, call today: 800-356-7497