Online Support Groups for Substance Abuse Not as Effective as Meetings for Maintaining Sobriety

MEDICAL XPRESS (08/06) – Despite the growing use of online support groups such as those on Facebook to help curb substance abuse, attending traditional face-to-face meetings may continue to be more effective for people trying to maintain sobriety, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention. “One of the most hotly debated media issues today is whether our rapidly increasing use of social networking might be supplanting face-to-face-interactions and, if so, what the social consequences might prove for us as a culture,” said Donald S. Grant, PhD, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, first author and creator of the study. “Our study focused on better understanding the strengths and weaknesses of online versus face-to-face sobriety support.” Read more

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