In an infectious disease outbreak, when social distancing and self-quarantine are needed to limit and control the spread of the disease, continued social connectedness to maintain recovery are critically important. Virtual resources can and should be used during this time.
This tip sheet describes resources that can be used to virtually support recovery from mental/substance use disorders . It also provides resources to help local recovery programs create virtual meetings.
In The Rooms – Online Recovery Meetings: Provides online support through live meetings and discussion groups
Alcoholics Anonymous: Offers online support
Cocaine Anonymous: Offers online support and services
LifeRing: LifeRing Secular Recovery offers online support
Marijuana Anonymous: Offers virtual support
Narcotics Anonymous: Offers a variety of online and skype meeting options
Reddit Recovery: Offers a virtual hang out and support during recovery
Refuge Recovery: Provides online and virtual support
Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery: Offers global community of mutual-support groups, forums including a chat room and message board