Forum77: An Analysis of an Online Health Forum Dedicated to Addiction Recovery

  title={Forum77: An Analysis of an Online Health Forum Dedicated to Addiction Recovery},
  author={Diana L. MacLean and Sonal Gupta and Anna Lembke and Christopher D. Manning and Jeffrey Heer},
Prescription drug abuse is a pressing public health issue, and people who misuse prescription drugs are turning to online forums for help. Are such forums effective? We analyze the process of opioid withdrawal, recovery and relapse on Forum77,'s online health forum for substance abuse recovery. Applying Prochashka's Transtheoretical Model for behavior change, we develop a taxonomy describing phases of addiction expressed by Forum77 members. We examine activity and linguistic… CONTINUE READING
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