I’ve answered this question in more detail, bit those posts were deleted, unfortunately. This one I made five years ago stayed up, so it must not have crossed any lines.
I read your link Ben. Yes, google rules the world apparently. But if people came back and made an effort, the forum would be welcoming to new people who land and the good feelings and 'we're not alone' feelings would prevail within old and new members. how do you think we can rebuild the community?
They kept changing it, over moderating etc....I finally gave up. I started in 2007 and pretty much gave up around 2010. I pop in now about once every 2 years.....I started my own Doscord recovery server and have nearly 2,000 people. AND ITS STAYED THE SAME FOR 2 YEARS. Getting clean is hard, add in constant website changes and rules changing and moderator changes...it’s too much for your average person trying to stay clean IMHO.
It’s sad, we had a great community!
I started here in 2014..........highly addicted to drugs. It's now 2020, I'm clean and it's partly due to this site. When I think about how on the ball this site was when I first started, I realize it was actually a lifesaver. I sat in my room for over 30 days......chain smoking out my bathroom window (b/c I couldn't go 10 steps away from the toilet!!). Constantly posting and constantly getting responses of people telling me to stick it out, hang in there, you can do this!!! Being able to talk to other addicts while in w/d was a necessity in my getting clean.
I check back here almost every day and see nothing posted from anyone looking for help? It's seriously disappointing. I will continue to check back and see what's going on but.......
I also noticed (and this is MY OPINION SO DON"T JUMP UP MY A**)....there's alot of advice on here now with removing one drug by using another. There seems to be this need to have your withdrawal going as painless as possible by taking "comfort" meds while detoxing. IMO..........I think that's the wrong way to go, but that's me. So when I see a conversation going in that direction, I bail. And honestly, those people that try getting off of one drug with another...........I usually don't see them come back on so.............
YES....I MISS THE WAY MEDHELP USED TO BE. IT WAS A GOOD TOOL TO HAVE IN MY TOOLBELT TO HELP ME STAY CLEAN! 6 YEARS, 10 MONTHS AND 12 DAYS!
I became a member in 2007. Greatgreebo, Avisg Dominosarah, Ben and finally Moyte51. It's great to see you all contributing to this thread, sad as it is. I think Sara is the only one who knows me as I didn't post much here on SA.
I was so naive to addiction back then. I was more of a lurker those past yrs, but learned so much from all of you! I can't tell y'all how much this community helped me to understand addiction and myself as well. Not to mention 13 yrs of friends I made...some that came and went...others who I'm friends with to this day.
I agree, Moyte51, this community is SO important! It took me years to come to grips that it will never be the same. I hope I'm wrong and the community will begin to be what it once was, but I'm not holding my breathe.
I remember when one couldn't even keep up with all the questions. What a difference it is today.
As CL's, we're not supposed to be negative, but the forum is what is is, now - who can argue with that?
I believe in using comfort meds while detoxing. I don’t feel suffering is necessary to stay off drug of choice. With that said the responses are the same usually From AA and NA. I don’t believe in the 12 step way of getting off drugs. Imo it’s cult like. Not realistic and there isn’t more of a success rate going that route. I’m not looking for conflict I just don’t come on here very much anymore. The answers are old and tired. Imo.
I don't post much anymore. I used to be pretty active here, mostly limiting my questions and responses to barbiturates and benzos. However, I think barbiturates are so rarely prescribed anymore that my support is no longer needed. That's a good thing. But it did also seem like there was an actual community of folks here who, regardless of the drug of choice one was addicted to, could lend support and encouragement. Remember when the social forum was actually active? Yeah, that's been a minute! I still look for barbiturate-related questions from time to time, but that's not something that comes up as often. I've also posted in the past few years without much response, and so I think anyone can find it discouraging if they don't get much of a response. I'm not sure where folks have gone, but I'm wondering if another site has assumed the role this one once used to occupy. I also currently focus my attention more on my trauma history and forums/chatrooms geared toward that since for me, that's really the source of my addiction anyway.
Its a sad state of affairs here anymore. I check in everyday just hoping someone will find us. With drug abuse skyrocketing we should be busy as he!!. I hope sometime soon things will change. This place saved my life~