A Clear Sky of Communication: Using Social Media to Describe the Journey from Addiction to Recovery

Social media is about conversation, not conformity.  It’s about creativity, not blind compliance.

Nowhere is that point more relevant – nowhere is that principle more important – than it is regarding the path from addiction to recovery. Describing that experience requires expressions of compassion and decency of character.

Articulating those thoughts on social media is yet another way to make a patient feel safe enough to seek help and strong enough to accept treatment.

Nowhere is that commitment to clarity of communication more sincere than it is at Clear Sky Recovery.

I issue that statement because of my review of the facts; because of my research of this center’s mission and the centrality of this group’s dedication to online dialogue; because of my compilation of evidence involving this facility’s devotion to the needs of each person it treats; because of my respect for this organization’s use of social media as an extension of its beliefs, not a platform for bombast and blatant self-promotion.

The strengths define the smart – and effective – deployment of social media in healthcare.

These actions reinforce, among other things, that Clear Sky Recovery has 20-plus years of experience concerning ibogaine treatment. That training matters for two reasons.

First, there are (to the regret of patients and practitioners alike) centers that misrepresent the use of ibogaine – that it is the cure for addiction, without any risks or side effects – while most places do not have the staff or resources to manage this treatment. Put another way, the majority of facilities have little or no oversight, or lack any quality control standards. 

Secondly, expertise is indispensable for the safe application of ibogaine. That means there must be staff with the skills to handle all emergencies and master the most advanced, state-of-the-art medical technology available.

That also means there must be leaders able to convey these points – powerfully and persuasively – through social media.

When I examine Clear Sky Recovery’s record of success, when I read their posts about safety, when I see images of their grounds and accommodations, when I note their compassionate tone, when I hear these leaders talk with the sympathy they possess and the empathy they exude, I have no doubts about the integrity of this institution.

There is no ambiguity about the doctors, consultants, counselors, technicians, nurses and staff responsible for this center’s investment in recovery.

Allow me, then, to further stress my earlier point about compassion; because that attitude is not only a state of mind, it is a place where patients should enjoy peace of mind. Picture a luxurious retreat, where the environment inside is as relaxing as the atmosphere outside.

Imagine the clinicians, scientists, and psychologists who are there to comfort the conflicted and assist the afflicted. Think of the beauty of Mother Nature and envision the nurturing beauty of compassionate care.

Think of these things, always, and speak of these truths, constantly, so we can make wellness a reality for the many, not the few; so we can make the workplace a place of health and happiness; so we can bask beneath a clear sky of physical sunshine and mental warmth.

Let us recover, in body and mind.

Let us start this discussion through social media.

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Andre Bourque (SocialMarketingFella) is Editor Emeritus of Technorati.

He covers emerging trends and news in social, mobile, cloud, and related technologies.

Based in San Francisco, he can be contacted via his social channels and at: andrefbourque@gmail.com

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