Virtual recovery meetings have become increasingly important in 2020. For many in recovery for alcohol or drug addiction, it often begins with going to a meeting. Whether it’s AA, NA, SMART Recovery or any other kind of recovery model, these forums are often the first place we go when we realize we need help for addiction or when we’re feeling particularly vulnerable to relapse. The people we meet at our recovery meetings not only offer a tremendous source of emotional inspiration, but also something of a general behavioral road map for how to begin and sustain long-term sobriety. Recovery meetings are the places we go to get support when we’re at our worst, and affirmation when we’re at our best.
Like everything else, accessing recovery meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic has proven exceedingly difficult. Social distancing has made gathering in larger groups very hard, and safety concerns are forcing people to choose between their life and lifeline. This isn’t a choice that you or your loved one should have to make at any point during your recovery process. Here are some tips for finding a virtual recovery meeting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Get in the Rooms
In the Rooms is a trusted and established online network of over 130 virtual recovery meetings. More and more people have been using them to access virtual recovery meetings during COVID-19, whether they’re new to recovery or their regular meetings have been upended by the pandemic. There’s something for everyone.
Trust Your Old Uncle SAMHSA
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a robust searchable directory of virtual recovery meetings for those impacted by COVID-19. Whether you need a Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous meeting or any other type, you can access a meeting near you with a few clicks. Find a meeting near you today.
Recovery Research Institute
The Recovery Research Institute is a non-profit organization of Massachusetts General Hospital that has compiled a helpful and easily navigable directory of virtual recovery meetings for those looking for all types of models, including NA, AA, SMART Recovery and more. They also offer research and education for those struggling with mental health issues and substance use disorder.
Benefits of Virtual Recovery Meetings
Virtual recovery meetings can have many advantages that in-person meetings simply can’t provide. They can connect you with a global support system and provide influences and insights outside of your local community, which can be good for getting new perspective and learning new things about yourself and the world. They also take the logistical worry and hassle out of having to go to meetings when life’s obligations keep you from getting there.
Recovery Unplugged also offers virtual recovery meetings and telehealth services for both our alumni and current clients. We are fully mindful of the toll the pandemic has taken on the recovery community and for those seeking help, and we’re going above and beyond to keep you safe while you get the help you need. If you or someone you care about need online help for addiction in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, contact us today for help.