Social Media: Recovery 2.0

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

At Phoenix House, we recognize the power of social media as a “changemaker.” We are proud to be part of a strong, diverse, and expanding online recovery community that includes treatment organizations, policymakers, journalists, and people from all walks of life who are currently in treatment or sustained recovery.

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It’s always exciting to share and discuss the latest addiction-related headlines and Phoenix House happenings with our more than 3,000 fans on Facebook—many of whom are Phoenix House clients, alumni, and their family members. On Twitter, it’s amazing to see how far one tweet can go—a client story from @PhoenixHouse, a quote from @PHouseHope, or a policy perspective from our President and CEO’s handle @HMeitiner can reach thousands of people and can truly make a difference.

On July 14, we co-hosted a lively Twitter chat with The Fix about the benefits and pitfalls of anonymity in recovery.  This hour-long debate generated about 400 tweets overall—a true testament to social media’s inspiring ability to bring together a community and call them to action. We hope you’ll join forces with us on our social media channels as we remove the stigma surrounding addiction and recovery by sparking dialogue, increasing awareness, and simply sharing stories.

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