Dr Dawn Nickel

Recovery Capital Conference Speaker

Overcoming Addiction in Canada by building Recovery Capital and building on our strengths.

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Dr. Dawn Nickel
Anvil Centre New Westminster BC September 5th 2019

The Promise of Social Media in Supporting Long Term Recovery for Women

There is a growing evidence base that digital social network sites (SNSs) are increasingly effective for people looking to build recovery capital.   Among the many benefits of engaging with SNSs:

  • Peer-to-peer support
  • Improves health literacy
  • Peers share stories, strategies, tools and resources
  • Some evidence of increased consumer activation, intervention
  • Increases recovery capital and enhances recovery identity
  • Helps build an abstinent network (supportive of recovery)
  • Moderates the role of stigma
  • Provides a sense of belonging and empowerment
  • Various roles possible: lurking, participating and leading

Dawn Nickel (PhD) is a visionary in the recovery movement and over the past eight years has been working diligently to create social media spaces to support women who are in or seeking recovery. Along with her daughter Taryn Strong (also in recovery) Dawn is the creator of SHE RECOVERS – currently the largest online platform dedicated to supporting women in recovery from addiction and related life challenges. Dawn started her own journey of recovery from a substance use disorder and mental health issues in 1987. She is a strong advocate for the view that every woman in or seeking recovery must be supported to find the tools and pathways that will work best for her as an individual.

In this engaging session, Dawn will describe the consumer-driven evolution and growth of SHE RECOVERS, an international movement of women that started out as a Facebook Page in the summer of 2011. Since that time, SHE RECOVERS has been creating welcoming spaces and transformative opportunities – on and offline – to connect, support and empower recovering women. As part of the presentation, Dawn will share the results of a cross-sectional survey designed with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and administered to the SHE RECOVERS community in the fall of 2018. In that survey, respondents shared their views about how they believed that social media engagement had enhanced their recovery journeys.

Learning Objectives

  1. DISCUSS the emerging evidence base that demonstrates the effectiveness of a social media approach to support persons experiencing SUD and other behavioral health challenges.
  2. DESCRIBE the organic, consumer-driven evolution and growth of SHE RECOVERS.
  3. RECOMMEND easy-to-implement social media solutions for treatment professionals to better connect, support and empower persons in or seeking recovery.

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The BC Conference will take place in New Westminster BC on September 5th and 6th, with Recovery Day taking place on September 7th, 2019

Anvil Centre
777 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 1B6




This year’s conference also features

  • The premiere of a Canadian documentary film on the Portuguese model.
  • Dialogue sessions to help create a recovery capital toolkit for Canadians


Presented by

Last Door Recovery Society   |   Westminster House,

Canada Centre on Substance  |    Cedars at Cobble Hill

Global BC   |    Save On Foods Pharmacy 

Orchard Recovery Centre        |   iRecover Addiction Treatment

Who Should Register?

Physicians, Occupational Health Leaders, Human Resources Managers, Health Care Policy Makers, Therapists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Interventionists, Residential Treatment Centre Management and Clinical Teams, Students, Union Leaders, Community Leaders, Disability Management Coordinators, Professional Regulatory Bodies, Insurance Carriers, Labour Relations Specialists, Employee Assistance Program providers, Labour Lawyers, Safety Committee Members, Union Representatives.

Presentation References

Julia M. A. Sinclair, Sophia E. Chambers, Christopher C. Manson. (2017). ‘Internet Support for Dealing with Problematic Alcohol Use: A Survey of the Soberistas Online Community.’ Alcohol and Alcoholism, Volume 52, Issue 2, 220–226.

David Best, Ana-Maria Bliuc, Muhammad Iqbal, Katie Upton & Steve Hodgkins (2018) Mapping social identity change in online networks of addiction recovery, Addiction Research & Theory, 26:3.

Ana-Maria Bliuc, David Best, Muhammad Iqbal & Katie Upton. (2017). ‘Building addiction recovery capital through online participation in a recovery community.’ Social Science & Medicine Volume 193, 110-117.

Brandon G. Bergman, Nathaniel W. Kelly, Bettina B. Hoeppner, Corrie L. Vilsaint, and John F. Kelly. (2017). ‘Digital recovery management: Characterizing recovery-specific social network site participation and perceived benefit.’ Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 2017, Vol. 31, No. 4, 506–512

Alexandra R. D’Agostino, Allison R. Optican, Shaina J. Sowles, Melissa J. Krauss, Kiriam Escobar Lee, Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg. (2017). ‘Social networking online to recover from opioid use disorder: A study of community interactions.’ Drug and Alcohol Dependence 181, 5–10.

Dr. Dawn Nickel BIO

Dawn Nickel is an accomplished and versatile leader and, along with her daughter Taryn Strong (also in recovery) the creator of SHE RECOVERS – currently the largest online platform dedicated to supporting women in recovery from substance use disorder and related mental health issues. Dawn started her journey of recovery from drug addiction in 1987. She is a strong advocate for the view that every woman in or seeking recovery must be supported to find the tools and pathways that will work best for her as an individual.

In the summer of 2011, while recovering from a serious case of workaholism, Dawn decided to apply what she knew about recovery to that area of her life. On an extended leave from work, Dawn began to blog and created the SHE RECOVERS Facebook Page to share her journey and to reach out to other women wanting to recover their lives and their potential. Since 2011, she has dedicated herself to creating and holding space (online and off) for women in recovery to connect with themselves, and with other like-hearted women. The Verified Facebook page now has over 270,000 followers.

Today, in addition to operating her health and social policy research consultancy, Dawn is determined to grow SHE RECOVERS and its offerings so that more women (and more women from diverse backgrounds) have the access, resources, support and freedoms necessary to cultivate individualized and holistic pathways in order to find health, sustain long-term recovery, achieve their potential, and help other women to do the same.

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