The Absolute Best of Addiction Recovery Memes
Recovery Memes have been taking off in popularity in the recent years. Perhaps you have heard of some of the big pages out there, often found on Instagram and Facebook, which have provided an important online community for addicts and alcoholics both in recovery and not: Dank Recovery, Sassaholics Anonymous, the list goes on..
so what exactly is a recovery meme?
A meme is an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.
Here is an excerpt from an article written by The Daily Dot on the topic.
“When you’re walking into an inpatient rehab facility for the 13th time of your adult life…”
“When you’re at a family function and your grandma says how handsome you are but you can’t reply because you’ve got a mouth full of her meds…”
To many, those are bleak descriptions of what sound like absolutely miserable situations.
But to some drug users and recovering addicts, they’re simply setups to funny, accurate jokes about their lives. They’re relatable, shareable, and the gateway to an online community full of other people who really get them in a way, say, concerned family members or professionals might not.
As addiction recovery memes have been taking off recently, an entirely new online community and place for addicts to feel seen and heard has come about. Often utilizing a type of humor that your normal, everyday person could probably not relate to, this helps those still using and in the grips of addiction know that there are others out there who can identify with a life that often feels painfully isolating and lonely. To be able to laugh and make light of such a fatal condition, while still remaining vigilantly aware of the seriousness of it, offers a place where healing can begin and connection to others can be found.
"Given the universality of the sound, our ignorance about the purpose and meaning of laughter is remarkable. We somehow laugh at just the right times, without consciously knowing why we do it. Most people think of laughter as a simple response to comedy, or a cathartic mood-lifter. Instead, after 10 years of research on this little-studied topic, I concluded that laughter is primarily a social vocalization that binds people together. It is a hidden language that we all speak. It is not a learned group reaction but an instinctive behavior programmed by our genes. Laughter bonds us through humor and play.
Nothing to joke about
Despite its prominence in daily life, there is little research on how and why we laugh. I thought it was high time that we actually observed laughing people and described when they did it and what it meant. Research on laughter has led me out of my windowless laboratories into a more exciting social world of laughing gas, religious revivals, acting classes, tickle wars, baby chimpanzees and a search for the most ancient joke." - Psychology Today on The Science of Laughter
Laughter is primarily a social vocalization that binds people together. It is a hidden language that we all speak. It is not a learned group reaction but an instinctive behavior programmed by our genes. Laughter bonds us through humor and play.