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Where is the medhelp community?

What happened to this poor, amazing place?
So many used to congregate here to support each other, and now its but a shadow of its former self...saddens me
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1796826 tn?1578874779
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.

https://www.medhelp.org/posts/Addiction-Substance-Abuse/dying-forum---my-theory/show/2796824
18524847 tn?1465595901
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?  
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Not only is Google the problem (in googling my question, it was the site at the top back in 2007) but also only a very few return to read their OP and the replies.  No one sends friend invites anymore (although you did, MJ), and unless you're in the know, no one knows about the return of the Friends Feed that can be found by hovering over My MedHelp.  The FF used to automatically run to the left of our notifications (which again, one finds when actually clicking on My MedHelp).  It was a great way to see what our friends were doing.  When it was brought back accessing it was different - as outlined above, except so many had left by then.  Thanks for sticking around, MJ.  You're very kind and helpful.  All of us 'old timers' can only do our best.  

p.s. Ben's post - yup!  
333612 tn?1302883390
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.
199177 tn?1490498534
It’s sad, we had a great community!
7163794 tn?1457366813
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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!  
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I agree with you ! Withdrawal has a Purpose at least it did for me !
242912 tn?1402543492
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?
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Hi Jade !!! Wow this is different I think I have the new format figured out now
Avis!!!  Good to see you!!  Yeah, the format is different, but not that difficult.  
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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.  
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If a didn’t have a recovery program I’d probably be dead . Using one drug to get off another is a slippery slope .
I hear ya Kelcoo...........12 step recovery isn't for everyone.  But in reading your post perhaps I see where maybe our goals are different.  I wasn't looking to stay off my drug of choice.  I was looking to get off ALL drugs (including alcohol).  Alot of addicts DOC is just "more";  mine was.  I guess what works for some doesn't work for others.....and if your clean, then you are doing right, no matter how you got there.  
No the goals are the same.  Staying off all drugs and alcohol.  I try not to use slogans from programs or from their books.  
So unique......
That kinda sounds snarky imo
1135275 tn?1586565652
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.
495284 tn?1333894042
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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~
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Yes. I'm not sure how much this place played into my life being saved, but it definitely helped me get through some near-death times feeling like I had a community that was journeying with me. For soooo many years, it was the ONLY community where I could even open up. It's possible it saved my life. If it didn't, it sure did make the saving of my life a lot less lonely.
I check in here every once in a while as well but it's pretty depressing at this point.  I really think this site helped a ton of people.  For me it was a place that I could come to and talk anonymously about my drug use with no fear of being judged.  I could get honest helpful information and support.  I really educated myself about addiction, brain chemistry here etc.   I enjoyed giving some of that back to people who were at points that I had gone through.  
Dominosarah, it's comforting to see that you're still here.  I wish something would happen that would let people know about this site again.  I've tried googling addiction message boards and various versions of that and nothing comes up that is like this place was.  No site where you can just go and talk and get info from other people who've been where you are.
Aww thanks Danny, it is always nice to see you posting~
I'm in serious need of help and encouragement but don't know what site or forum or even on here I don't know how to talk with others. It seems you have to ask a question for any response from people going through the same thing. Well done you I hope I can be where you are in the near future, seems a world away
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