Sober social networks: the role of online support groups in recovery from alcohol addiction

BLIUC, Ana-Maria, DOAN, Tuyet-Ngan and BEST, David (2018). Sober social networks: the role of online support groups in recovery from alcohol addiction. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 29 (2), 121-132.

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    In the context of addiction research, positive recovery outcomes are affected by the quality of people's social interactions and perhaps to an even greater extent, by the defining norms of the groups they identify with—that is, using versus recovery groups. Here, we examine the role of online supportive networks in the process of recovery from alcohol addiction. We analyse the relationship between negative and positive aspects of recovery capital (i.e., self‐stigma, and respectively, positive recovery identity and self‐efficacy) as they relate to well‐being outcomes among alcohol users in an online recovery support group. Based on a computerised linguistic analysis of the naturally occurring data extracted from an online recovery support group (i.e., 257 posts made by 237 group members), we found that self‐stigma negatively predicts self‐efficacy and well‐being, and social identification with a recovery identity mediates these relationships. Overall, these findings highlight that positive engagement with supportive recovery networks is central to an effective and sustainable recovery.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: pissn 1052-9284
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Sociology and Political Science, Social Psychology
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    Page Range: 121-132
    SWORD Depositor: Margaret Boot
    Depositing User: Margaret Boot
    Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 11:19
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2019 01:18

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