Hindsight IS Indeed 2020 – 

by Dr. Don Grant, MA, MFA, DAC, SUDCC IV, PhD

November 27, 2020 – In the early 2000’s, I began to notice sobriety support “chat rooms” online, and online recovery opportunities increasing.  My observations of this phenomenon caused me to direct my doctoral work towards a non-prejudicial investigation of their use and efficacy value, ultimately resulting in choice of my dissertation topic and subsequently published research study exploring any potential differences between face-to-face (F2F) and online sobriety support.

It still stands as the only legitimate investigation comparing these two types of recovery communities and is entitled “Using social media for sobriety recovery: Beliefs, behaviors, and surprises from users of face-to-face and social media sobriety support.” 

My study investigated key questions related to F2F versus technologically mediated sobriety support. My original 2009 study hypothesis, and four subsequent research questions, have now become even more relevant in 2020.

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