With the closing of all Face-to-Face meetings and Stay-at-Home orders it has been particularly difficult to stay connected to the recovery network. Many of us miss the personal connections, the many hugs and seeing our fellow travelers. But luckily today’s technology has allowed us to connect online. There is a plethora of meetings, groups and apps to help you stay sober during this difficult time.
Here is an awesome list from the NY Times article: Online Help to Stay Sober During a Pandemic
For Those Looking for Recovery Support
NA-Narcotics Anonymous Meetings worldwide for people struggling with drugs. Directory of online meetings, using Zoom, Skype and other platforms.
In the Rooms Clearinghouse of 30 online meetings offering supports with a variety of approaches to different substance use disorders.
LifeRing Organization focusing on practical, secular support, with online meetings.
Moderation Management For people seeking to moderate their drinking and not necessarily abstain, this growing group has an international network of online meetings.
Recovery Dharma This organization uses Buddhist practices and principles to support individuals in recovery. Directory of daily online meditations and meetings.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Federal hotline offering referrals to local treatment and support services.
Free Support Apps
There are many free apps available. Here are just a few:
Use the I Am Sober app to track your sober days and milestones, build new habits, and enjoy ongoing motivation from a community of people who get it. Daily pledges can help keep you on track. A withdrawal timeline will help you understand what to expect in the days and weeks ahead.
This sobriety tool was developed by a Harvard-educated addiction counselor. It uses proven techniques to help you stay sober. Features include daily motivational messages, a search engine to help you find relevant content, a tool to avoid relapse if you have a craving, a chat forum, and much more.
Sober Grid is designed to serve as your sober social network. It connects you to sober people nearby, offers a 24/7 peer support group, tracks your recovery with check-ins and quests, and includes a sobriety counter. Your information on the app can be as private or as public as you choose.
If you’re in recovery, you know that every hour, every day, and every month that passes not giving in to your addiction is a huge milestone. This app makes sure that you can count every minute along the way with powerful timekeeping tools, personalized goals for helping you achieve your sobriety milestones, and a community of support from those who have been there.
For Those Who Support People in Recovery
Families Anonymous Offers online 12-step meetings for family and friends with a loved one struggling with drugs, alcohol and related behavioral problems.
SMART Recovery Friends and Family This secular, cognitive behavioral-based program offers online meetings for families and friends of someone recovering from substance abuse.