Relapsers Use Social Networking Websites, Stay Sober

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A new website launched for Burning Tree, a long term drug and alcohol rehab facility located near Dallas and Austin, Texas, provides a supportive community for chronic relapsers through online forums on social networking sites to extend aftercare beyond treatment programs.

Addicts who have completed long-term recovery programs now have another way to stay connected to fellow addicts and counselors. Burning Tree explains, "Often when a recovering addict leaves rehab, they find themselves right back in the same environment they were in while using. We've found that online support can help those individuals stay in constant contact with the support they need when sobriety becomes a struggle." Many friends online also find it helpful to share their success stories for positive feedback and to inspire others.

Burning Tree’s website,, establishes a hub for addicts to communicate on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Friends Recover. Additionally, those who have completed their recovery programs can connect on the Alumni Forum of the website for access to counseling staff and sponsors at the facility. Using these platforms, addicts can read information about substance abuse and group meetings, ask questions, and find encouragement from others. Relapsing is particularly common immediately following a return from treatment. A successful rebound to sober living requires lifestyle changes and socializing adjustments, which can now be made easier online.

About Burning Tree

Burning Tree provides long-term treatment with residential programs that focus on a spiritual 12-Step recovery plan to develop accountability, integrity, and responsibility for the chronic relapser. Founder David Elliott designed the organization to provide a safe environment for frequent relapsers while they engage in the same treatment he received recovering from his own addictions.

For more information about how recovering addicts are benefiting from social networking sites visit or please call 972-962-7374.

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