IntroductionIn 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 groupshttps://www.intherooms.com/home/
Alcoholics Anonymous: Offers online supporthttp://aa-intergroup.org/
Cocaine Anonymous: Offers online support and serviceshttps://www.ca-online.org/
LifeRing: LifeRing Secular Recovery offers online supporthttps://www.lifering.org/online-meetings
Marijuana Anonymous: Offers virtual supporthttps://ma-online.org/
Narcotics Anonymous: Offers a variety of online and skype meeting optionshttps://www.na.org/meetingsearch/
Reddit Recovery: Offers a virtual hang out and support during recoveryhttps://www.reddit.com/r/REDDITORSINRECOVERY/
Refuge Recovery: Provides online and virtual support http://bit.ly/refugerecovery1
Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery: Offers global community of mutual-support groups, forums including a chat room and message board
SoberCity: Offers an online support and recovery communityhttps://www.soberocity.com/
Sobergrid: Offers an online platform to help anyone get sober and stay soberhttps://www.sobergrid.com/
Soberistas: Provides a women-only international online recovery communityhttps://soberistas.com/
Sober Recovery: Provides an online forum for those in recovery and their friends and familyhttps://www.soberrecovery.com/forums/
We Connect Recovery: Provides daily online recovery groups for those with substance use and mental illnesshttps://www.weconnectrecovery.com/freeonline-support-meetings
Unity Recovery + WEconnect + Alano Club: Providing daily virtual meeting for those in recovery and for their family membershttps://unityrecovery.org/digital-recoverymeetings
RECOVERY RESOURCES AND SUPPORTS
The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine: Coronavirus Information and Resources Guidehttp://bit.ly/NAMIresource
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation: Contains online support meetings, blogs, mobile apps, social media groups, and movie suggestions, including the online support community, The Daily Pledge:https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery/tools/daily-pledge and “Tips for Staying Connected and Safeguarding Your AddictionRecovery”:http://bit.ly/HBF-Tips
Shatterproof: “How I’m Coping with COVID-19 and Social Isolation as a Person in Long-Term Recovery” provides helpful suggestions http://bit.ly/shatterproof-coping
The Chopra Center: “Anxious About the Coronavirus? Here Are Eight Practical Tips on How to Stay Calm and Support Your Immune System.” http://bit.ly/Chopra-calm
Simple steps for 12 step groups using various virtual platforms for meetings:https://www.nyintergroup.org/remotemeeting-listing/help-setting-up-onlinemeetings/#zoom
To host a meeting on zoom:1.Set up a free account here: https://zoom.us When you set up a free account, you can only host a meeting for 45 minutes. To host longer meetings, you need a paid account.
2.Schedule a meeting : https://support.zoom.us/hc/enus/articles/201362413-Schedulingmeetings
3.Invite people to join a meeting : https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362183-How-do-I-inviteothers-to-join-a-meeting
4.Create a flyer to publicize meetings. This flyer is sent to group members via email and text, posted on self-help group’s District Website and posted on door of the physical site that is closed in an attempt to reach anyone who shows upfor a meeting.
Hotlines SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline / Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español) SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746 / SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746 TTY: 1-800-846-8517 Website (English): http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov Website (ESPAÑOL): HTTP://WWW.DISASTERDISTRESS.SAMHSA.GOV/espanol.aspx SAMHSA’s National Helpline Toll-Free: 1-800-662-HELP (24/7/365 Treatment Referral / Information Service in English and español) Website: http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Toll-Free (English): 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Toll-Free (español): 1-888-628-9454 TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) Website (English): http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org Website (español): http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/gethelp/spanish.aspx Treatment Locator Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator Website: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/locator/home
For help finding treatment 1-800-662-HELP (4357) https://findtreatment.gov/ SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center Toll-Free: 1-800-308-3515 Email: DTAC@samhsa.hhs.gov Website: http://www.samhsa.gov/dtac
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