We are all going through an unprecedented time during the Coronavirus crisis; it’s a time to do our part by staying home and to prioritize connection with our recovery support community. We are all adapting to this new reality, and the recovery community is no exception.
Nationwide, individuals in recovery, groups, and mental health communities of all types are rallying together and providing online resources to allow people to stay connected during these uncertain times. April is also Alcohol Awareness Month, so it’s even more appropriate that we keep awareness and community in the forefront of our minds.
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.
Herren Wellness Guest and Alumni Support
We are supporting our guests and our alumni community through this unprecedented time as well. For our guests, we are replacing outside recovery meetings with in-house based recovery activities that include a daily check-in, recovery games, outside activities on our campus, watching recovery movies, and more. Please refer to our online notice regarding COVID-19 for more information.
We are reaching out to our alumni individually to check in and will be providing more information about virtual alumni support services on our website, including encouraging alumni to join our private alumni Facebook Group.
If you are a Herren Wellness Alumni or family member and want to get more information about specific alumni services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.