The Importance of Staying Connected
It is especially important to remain connected to a recovery support community during times of stress and uncertainty, and we are all experiencing these emotions. Thankfully, online resources exist through platforms like Zoom and Skype to safely gather people together to share our experience, strength, and hope with each other.
We can also connect through daily phones calls with recovery friends, sponsors and others to remain connected and check in with each other. Many therapists/counselors and mental health professionals are offering online services and televisits to keep connected with mental health resources as well.
Virtual Recovery Meeting Resources
There are several resources available for individuals and loved ones to remain connected online. Herren Project hosts several online recovery resources for parents, spouses, and families, as well as a nightly online recovery meeting at 7:30pm EST.
12-Step Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are offering online resources and information. Many local groups are also creating their own online meetings, including the “TGIF” Alcoholics Anonymous group in Boston that is hosting three meetings daily at 8:30am, 12:00pm, and 7:30pm (all EST). To access these meetings go to zoom.com (it’s free) and enter the meeting ID 867-819-3070.
It is possible to remain anonymous in these online meetings just like in-person recovery meetings.