Friday, August 21, 2009

Membership has its privileges!

American comedian and film star Julius Henry Marx (a.k.a. Groucho Marx) once quipped, “I would never belong to a group that would accept someone like me as a member!” While he was clearly poking fun at himself, his statement points to a deeper truth: people want to belong but are often afraid to be known for who they really are.

Many addicts, in particular, struggle on a daily basis to feel accepted and understood. This is crucial to the recovery process and long-term sobriety. That is why active participation in a recovering community is the best way to learn how to, “live life on life’s terms.”

We now have an online AfterCare Forum setup for all of our TCI Alumni and their Support Person(s). This is a place where you can connect with other TCI Alumni online from anywhere in the world! Our goal is to build an online community where those struggling with the day-to-day grind of addiction can connect with each other for support and encouragement. Some features of the AfterCare Forum include:
- Preventing Relapse: helpful strategies to stay on the path to health
- 12-Steps of Recovery: a primer on the 12 steps
- Recovery Journal: A place for you to blog about your recovery experience with others who share your struggle
- Mental Health: Anxious? Depressed? We can help!
- Men in Recovery: A place for men to share struggles with other men in recovery
- Women in Recovery: A place for women to share struggles with other women in recovery
- Support Persons: Pulling your hair out over the addict you care about…find help here!
- Much, Much, MORE!

The point is that we want to help you recover using as many different avenues as possible. Our AfterCare Forum is just one way we at TCI are trying to be on the cutting edge of the recovery movement. If you are an Alumni Patient or Support Person(s), we would like to invite you to email our AfterCare Counselor/Coordinator Chris Newcomb at to receive your login and password to access all the great features of this site. If you do not have email, you may contact him directly at 804.353.1230 EXT. 311.

In addition, we also have an area in this aftercare forum for professionals to connect, network, and “talk shop” with each other. We know that we are only one cog in the wheel of recovery. Our goal is to bring other professionals together so they can share, learn, grow, and partner with one another and the Coleman Institute to better serve those who suffer from addition.

Even though you may have misgivings about how an online forum could enhance your sobriety, please give it a try. Remember these words from M. Scott Peck, “There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.”

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