Drug or alcohol addiction can be a difficult thing to recover from as your body becomes physically dependant on these substances. Discuss topics including alcohol/drug rehab centers or programs, share rehab stories and offer support, and long term recovery post-rehab.
PLEASE READ AND FEEL FREE TO ADD ANYTHING I FORGOT OR CORRECT ANYTHING I HAVE MESSED UP. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE HELPFUL FOR NEW PEOPLE TO HAVE...I know it took me a while to find certain things on here!
Welcome to the MedHelp Forum....below are a few tips to help you navigate around the site to get you started. It is very user friendly but these are just basics to get you going! Also, read the comments posted below this added by others for things I forgot or may have put in wrong!
On the top right of the screen where it says, Inbox it will tell you if you have any messages in your inbox.
If you would like to send a PM (private message) there are 2 ways to do this. #1 Go to your My MedHelp (top right corner or screen) and click compose and put the persons name in and then type your message. #2 Scroll over the person's name when it is in blue and it will give you the option to send a message and several other things like leave a note, view their profile. You can click on send a message and go from there. PM's are seen only between the two people sending the message. Also, you can reply to a persons PM by responding in the box below.
If you want to send a note scroll over their name and click send a note. The notes can be seen by everybody (unless privacy settings are set not to .... privacy settings are addressed in a different section)
If you click on HOME on the left corner of your screen you will see current activity between you, your friends, the communities you joined, if you have had notes left for you, PM's or new friends added, if you Invitations from someone to be a friend, the option to change your mood and the option to edit your profile. These things can also be done under your My MedHelp page.
To locate the Health Pages they are on the right side of your screen. They are a wealth of information including the Thomas Recipe, for cold turkey/detox, the Amino Acid Protocol, information on PAWS Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3 information on Suboxone etc... I would suggest checking those out right away.
You also have Journals you can use. These can be very beneficial during recovery and after. The journal can be set to be seen by EVERYONE, ONLY MY FRIENDS, ONLY ME. You can choose that setting by clicking on the privacy option under your journal entry. If you set your journal to be viewed by everyone or your friends it is open to be read and can be commented on by people who have read it and wish to comment on it.
Another wonderful tool is our Trackers! MedHelp has many different trackers for us to use. You can track recovery time, moods, weight, blood pressure, sleep etc.... Just click on the trackers option and choose the ones you want to add. They are pretty self explanatory once you start using them and they too have the privacy option as to who can view them.
On the right side of the screen under the Search MedHelps is a drop down box that says my shortcuts if you put your mouse over it you can choose to go to a forum you have joined, your trackers or your watch list. (your watch list is when you click on watch this so you can follow a thread, journal or a forum)
The Addiction Forum also has a Social Community. That is where we can have everyday chit chat about any topic you want. That keeps stuff related to addiction, recovery and detox on the Substance Abuse/Addiction Forum.
Click on My MedHelp to set up your MedHelp page. You can click on the wheels on the right side to pick your color scheme. Adjust where you want your pictures, posts, notes, journals etc. on the page by running your mouse over the top of the box and when all 4 arrows show up you can drag the box and drop it to the area you want it. (if there is room of course) Also, this is where you can change your MOOD...which is a great tool.
The privacy also can be set for your pictures and notes. If you will click on settings on the top right near your mood it will give you alot of options of different things you can set.
It's pretty user friendly and a wonderful tool to have for your recovery!