Support Groups Are Intimidating

For my practicum project I joined an online support group for alcoholism.  I chose alcoholism because it is an addiction that is quite prevalent as is its media coverage.  I felt this topic would allow me to interact with many individuals and hear their stories about their alcohol problems and learn how support groups helped them recover/heal or if groups left much more to be desired.   I started out on my first discussion board submission by introducing myself and giving my reasoning for joining the group.  I let everyone know it was for a project but I also disclosed that I have gotten in trouble with alcohol in the past and would use this opportunity to learn things as well.  I asked if anyone would volunteer to maintain a continuous conversation with me about their issues with alcohol and explain to me how support groups influenced their lives.  I felt it was necessary to disclose a lot of information about myself so that what I was doing was ethical and the other members would trust me and feel comfortable disclosing information to me as well.  I am still waiting for any replies and I will update you all when that happens

One Comment on “Support Groups Are Intimidating”

  1. jseyf says:

    Good luck with the support group Nick. I think it is a very brave thing for you to do…to enter into a chat room and gain the trust of people with some real issues going on. Hopefully they are accepting to you (I’m sure they will be!) and you can learn as well as share. Remember to keep your head up just in case they feel weird about you joining!!! I am looking forward to hearing more about this experience.

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