While many communities have been created online that do not exist in the offline world. They’re certain communities that are made online as an inspiration of an offline community. My prime example of this is an online community based around the support for substance abuse. As we know substance abuse is a serious and sensitive topic that millions of people unfortunately fall into and therefore require support. They’re support groups that are set up across the world to support and control their issues in order for them to ultimately have a better life.
This is where Recovery.org comes in. It’s an open community solely committed to supporting individuals through choosing a life without substance abuse. People with similar issues can talk and support each other through the website, therefore adding value to the community. I personally feel that as the website offers helplines as well as forums, people have a number of options to gain support for their problem, whether that be hearing a voice of support, or reading a story that is similar to them so they feel they’re not alone in their struggle.
There have been debates whether an online community for substance abuse is a suitable platform. The reasons in support include 24/7 access to support. Individuals that are unable to travel to a support group, or require extra support outside the support groups have this platform to go too. However, on the other hand they’re limitations. It is argued that with a problem as serious as substance abuse, having that face to face support is far more affective than an online community. However, isn’t having the option there for extra support a good thing? After all, the websites intentions are nothing but helpful.
– Lewis King