The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has released a guide for treatment and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are strongly encouraging and promoting support groups during these times. If you cannot attend in-person groups due to social distancing guidelines, you can find some amazing resources online.
Online Support Groups
Online support groups are offered in a variety of formats including discussion groups, chat and live meetings via teleconferencing (such as Zoom meetings and other video conferencing).
Here are a few links to programs listed by ASAM’s COVID-19 task force, below. Have questions or need a referral? Contact us! You can call or email, and we offer Zoom conferencing sessions, too.
AA Online Meeting Directory
AA – Online
AA COVID-19 Informational Page
Al-Anon – Online
NA Online Meetings “Addicts helping Addicts Recover”
NA – Online
NA COVID-19 Informational Page
Online Recovery Group (ORG)
In the Rooms
Additional Recovery Support Tools and Resources
The task force included some other resources, with the disclaimer: ASAM has not comprehensively vetted, and does not endorse any specific tools or applications.
Recovery Support Apps with self-descriptions:
Sober Grid allows you to create online profiles and interact, support, and engage with other people in recovery using a platform similar to Facebook. You can also use the app to create anonymous check-ins about whether you’re sober or not, your mood, and what’s going on.
SoberTool is an easy way to track your clean and sober days. The app includes daily motivational messages and reminders to keep you on target
The WEconnect provides you with daily reminders to stay on track with your recovery plan. You can create reminders to call your sponsor, go to a group meeting, or meditate—anything you need to provide that extra push.
AA Big Book This app gives you access to the full text of the Big Book, along with a meeting finder, podcasts, prayers, and personal stories. You can use the app to bookmark meaningful passages, make notes on individual chapters in the comment section, and search for specific keywords.
12 Step Meditation Daily Reflections for AA, NA, Al-Anon This app features hundreds of easy-to-follow guided meditations, as well as soothing music, prayers, and 12-step recovery audio.
I Am Sober to track your sober days and milestones, build new habits, and enjoy ongoing motivation from a community of people who get it.
Pink Cloud find meetings near you based on your location
Meditation Apps with links to product sites:
Podcasts with self-descriptions:
The Bubble Hour: invites listeners to share their stories of recovery from alcohol addiction. Each week, host Jean McCarthy holds space for a guest to tell their truth, and together they explore topics relative to recovery.
Busy Living Sober: a podcast with the mission of “giving people an opportunity to listen, learn and live a sober lifestyle without shame while having fun.”
The Addicted Mind is about understanding addiction, its impact and the latest treatment options available. This podcast aims to create an environment of compassion for individuals caught in the destructive grip of the addictive process. It works to deliver real hope to people who are suffering from addiction’s painful impact.
The Sober Guy: Host Shane Ramer is in recovery from alcohol. He interviews a mix of celebrity guests and everyday people who have experienced addiction or felt the impact of drug or alcohol use. He focuses on living a positive, healthy and sober lifestyle, and uses his podcast as a platform for sharing inspiration with others who want to live the same way.
Let’s Talk Addiction and Recovery: Hear what leading addiction and recovery experts are talking about—addiction trends, topics and challenges as well as research, practices and advances that point the most promising way forward. Provoking interview series, brought to you by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
The Boiled Owl Coffee Club: Casual conversations about recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous. Listen online or with any podcast management app.
AA History Symposium 2019 Recordings (free)
- Why I Study A.A. History – Newton P., U.S. Trustee-at-Large
- A.A. on North American Reservations – Don C. (Colorado Springs, CO), Rod B. (Salt Lake City, UT) & Greg M. (Henderson, NV)
- The Untold Story of A.A. in San Quentin Prison – Jackie B. (San Francisco, CA)
- The Debate over Special Purpose Groups – Joe C. (Toronto, ONT)
- Bill’s “Spook” Sessions – Dan Carracino, Co-Director of the PBS documentary Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous
- Early Group Problems – Kevin Hanlon, Co-Director of the PBS documentary Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous
- Dr. Bob’s Letters – Michelle Mirza, GSO Archivist
- “Varieties of Spiritual Experience” – Jay S. (Sedona, AZ)
- “Alcohólicos Anónimos” Carrying the Message to the Spanish-Speaking World – Juan R. (Holister, CA)
Download by logging in here — https://www.aahistorysymposium.org/2019-album
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