Seeking other student nurses in recovery

  1. My name is Mary and I am an addict/alcoholic. I am starting nursing school in Sept. and would like to buddy up with other students who are also in recovery. I am also seeking some good on line recovery meetings. I live in a very small town and I find that the subjects discussed in recovery meetings tend to become topic of general gossip. I do not feel safe discussing issues within these groups and do not want to blemish my new carrer even before it starts. I really feel a need to talk with people with similar substance abuse histories. I hope you guys can help
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Welcome Mary and I hope you find the support you are looking for. Good luck
  4. by   coffeefix
    Hi Mary, I was just accepted into the nursing program and my classes start Aug 25th. I have been sober 4 yrs (May 15th). I can't offer any advise about on-line recovery meetings, but I'm here if you ever want to talk!!
  5. by   sissiesmama
    Hey Mary - My name is Anne and I am an addict. I have been a nurse since 1991, but feel free to pm me if you would like to. I will be glad to help any way I can.

    Anne, RNC
  6. by   Equestrienne
    Hi Mary, I want you to know you are definitly not alone. I am an addict and live in a small town too, and I avoid meetings here like the plague because of the gossip factor and impending nursing school. I can't give you advice about on-line metgs. but I did find the online Women for Sobriety group helpful in early recovery.

    If you need another buddy please let me know:heartbeat and congrats on nursing school, you will be terrific.
  7. by   3perfectcats
    Oh thank God there are others here in the same place! If possible, I'd like to form a little group of recovering students where we can talk about stuff and just have others who understand what things are like. I am new to this forum so I have no idea about how to send private message or anything of that sort. Is it ok if I just post my e-mail address? I think we can really be of help to each other and it would be fun to get to know other students. Thank you so very much for answering my posting, I was feeling very alone.
  8. by   3perfectcats
    I guess this is a dumb question, but how do I pm someone? I'm really new to this forum as you can tell. Thank you for your time and willingness to help.
  9. by   Silverdragon102
    You can't send pm or email until you have 15 posts to your name and terms of service does not allow posting of email addresses in threads. You can read pm's if they are sent to you
  10. by   3perfectcats
    Thank you for clarifying this for me. I guess I better get posting away and reread the terms of service.
  11. by   *tattooed~princess*
    HELLO! I am an addict in recovery and I'm also a pre-nursing student. Took English 1010 this summer and will be in A&P1 and Psych in the Fall. I love my home group but also know what it's like to not have a place to be able to speak openly and have someone understand. I'm glad to lend an ear and be available for anyone else in these shoes!
  12. by   Shell5
    The starting up of the meeting is a great idea. Good luck with that. I'm not sure how long you went to the other group meeting. I noticed you said you were from a small town. How far are you from a larger city? If not too far you may try a meeting there. Over the last 7 years in recovery I have met nurses, doctors, lawyers in recovery. Lots of them. I went through Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) and was told that 1 in 5 of us (medical field) are "impaired." This disease does not discriminate. You can email me anytime.
  13. by   jhb213
    Hi Mary....I am also a student nurse that starts 08/18/08. I am also in recovery. My name is James and I love the program. There are days that I am really thankful for the tools that have been given me. I live in Los Angeles and there are a lot of meetings here. Did you try the AA website for online meetings.

  14. by   groovy jeff
    I am in my 3rd block of a 5 semester program and will have 23 years clean on Aug 13 (and I don't believe I'll be picking up between then and now). NS is tough!!! Some days I think what am I doing? Why didn't I go X-ray or something??? Addict or not, it is not easy; at least not for me. However, just like recovery, some days I just have to put my head down and keep moving forward. Over the years, I have found that the most important thing I can do in any endeavor I undertake, is to take care of my recovery first and everything else will fall into place!!!

    Being and addict/alcoholic is not a disability or a handicap; it makes us better and stronger. We are survivors!! So when times get tough, be like Dory from "Finding Nemo" and just "keep on swimming"!