- October 5, 2021 at 6:47 am #12629
Hi. I joined a few weeks ago, i had expected more activity on the board. Am i doing something wrong? I’m seeing people joining, but not posting?
Apologies. XxxOctober 21, 2021 at 2:50 am #12783DenaParticipant
I feel the same, I joined a while back and only see people joining but there does not seem to be much interaction or questions related to why we all joined in the 1st place.
I feel let down again as everything ends up being about money and having to pay for workbooks or other reading material.October 21, 2021 at 6:26 am #12787
Hi Dena, 🙂
Yes, my experience is with AA, and that is specifically non-financial which is a part of what makes it so great. I like the WRAP concept because it is so broad a spectrum and doesn’t have some of the associations that AA has. Someone went through a WRAP with me many years ago, but it was stand alone, rather than being as part of a support group.
My more recent AA experience tells me that it’s active peer support that truly empowers, and that is where the internet and discussion boards are so useful. I think that you are in Africa? I’m on a remote Scottish island and the organisation is in America. 3 continents. 🙂
It would be cool if we could make a go of supporting each other as a larger international group.
All the best,
RhiannonDecember 14, 2021 at 5:54 pm #13295
I think because the community is new (just a few months), people haven’t gotten into the habit of coming over here yet. There is a lot of activity on the Facebook page, so people need to get used to a different medium.
I plan to come over here more often, and I hope others will, too. It is up to us, as this is a peer recovery program :). Let’s make it work!!
What are you all hoping to gain from being here?
SashaDecember 14, 2021 at 11:58 pm #13302
Awesome to hear you. I totally agree that this is supposed to be a peer support platform. I know that the WRAP model has been around for a very long time, but I don’t know – whether this is a new venture, or if it’s a new site replacing an older one.
I think other similar platforms have administrators – paid or voluntary, to make sure that things are going ok, and to answer questions etc. i haven’t seen that here, and it sort of leaves me feeling like i’m writing to space/no-one.
i’ll try to find the fb page – just now, the chat is so infrequent here that it’s not enough. I would love it to be more active – the 2 of us together? 🙂
What do i want to gain? I am searching for new and different tools to aid my recovery. Within that, i know that for me social contact is absolutely essential for my MH, and so finding people to connect with is massive for me. xDecember 15, 2021 at 4:56 pm #13312
Yes, Rhiannon! Let’s keep posting!
I’m with you, social contact is vital for me emotionally; without it I get very depressed and start feeling hopeless. I just need that connection to people, which has been so much harder with COVID.
I’m hoping to gain some new wellness tools to liven up my life a little :). Particularly in the cold, dark winter months.
Great hearing from you.December 15, 2021 at 8:53 pm #13313
Hello! I am new and live in the US. I hope this community will begin to flourish because support is very important when it comes to recovery. Hopefully, we can all support one another. I found this online community through my Facebook group and have a peer support specialist. I’ve found many interesting things on this website so far about WRAP. Anyway, I hope you are all having a wonderful day.December 16, 2021 at 6:46 pm #13319
Great to have another person on here. Looking forward to supporting each other online, as we can all use the help of others! Has is been helpful having a peer support specialist? I think that would be an interesting and meaningful career path.
Have a great day!December 16, 2021 at 6:53 pm #13320
It’s been wonderful! I hope to be one eventually!December 17, 2021 at 12:31 am #13323
Hi Alisa, great to see you here. Welcome. I’m in a very rural part of the UK, so online support really suits me. I don’t have any of the WRAP training as yet, though want to do it at some point.
For me, sharing ideas and experiences about recovery helps me to feel connected and to stay well.
I’m wondering, Shasha, Alisa. What do you think would be most helpful to discuss here? I know that there are the specific groups, but i don’t feel that i fit into only one of them – i’m a sober addict with mental health issues… 🙂
I have the free app on my phone, for me maybe chatting about at the different topics and headings would be helpful? e.g. toolbox; daily plan; stressors etc
What do folks think?December 17, 2021 at 1:04 am #13324
I haven’t fully started WRAP yet. Just recently been to one group session of ADHD group. I suffer with MDD, BPD, PTSD, and ADHD. Still not certain about the MDD because I was originally diagnosed with schizoaffective disorders by an amazing doctor only to re-diagnosed by a nurse prac. I’m just dealing with her and might eventually find someone new. However, if I change the current place I am getting help from I will lose my peer support. Which is a shame so I decided to get the app and join the online community as a back up for when that happens. I think we should talk about what we normally do to help with our stressors. Perhaps we can use other peoples ideas. I normally read a lot of horror or medical thrillers. I am still into video games despite almost being 30 and soon I’ll start making a special journal and write down my moods maybe 3 times a day or two times. Sorta check in with myself each time I take medicine. What do you guys do to help with stressful situations? I take grounded as much as possible. Listen to podcast, audio books and count numbers and use mindfulness techniques.December 18, 2021 at 12:40 am #13332
Good questions! I have a gratitude journal where every day I write down something that I’m grateful for or that brought me a moment of joy, even something as small as “My coffee tasted great.” I have a play list of songs that make me feel happier, I go for walks outside in the park when I’m in a bad mood, and I do meditation with deep breathing when I’m really stressed.
If I’m having a particularly hard time, I buy myself a bouquet of flowers, as that brings me joy each time I look at the colors and petals. Self-care!
I’ve also taken up kickboxing to relieve stress and improve my health. Thanks for sharing your ideas, Alisa!!December 18, 2021 at 2:03 am #13335
I love the idea of a gratitude journal. The other day a work mate said he’d never seen anyone get so excited over a box of haddock (i work in a fish shop – lol). It got me thinking, if the only pleasures that we experience/remember are the big events – the holiday, the birthday etc. We have maybe 5 or 6 ‘big’ memories a year if we’re lucky. Taking time out to really enjoy a cup of coffee like you say Alisa, or to listen to a bird singing. Those small moments, they add up. I guess that’s being mindful?
I might be a bit weird. :[December 19, 2021 at 6:04 am #13336
Everyone is a little bit weird. It’s what makes us interesting and unique. Listening to birds sing is definitely mindful. Not many people will take the time to listen or even notice. I love coffee! Definitely, it is the highlight of my entire day. It’s kind of a bad crutch, haha. We should all take the time to listen or view the world in such a way we notice the little things about it’s beauty.December 20, 2021 at 2:26 am #13340
lol. I’m a tea drinker. I used to drink too much – I’m an alcoholic in recovery. I stopped in rehab 7+ years ago, but since then, having a drink in my hand – it’s still a comfort. It feels like a safe thing to do.
For a long time i barely slept. I eventually realised that a part of the problem was the quantity of caffeine i was downing every day, so i now drink more decaf tea – lol.
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