Organize and Attend Online Recovery Meetings from Anywhere at Anytime
Due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), social distancing has made it necessary for people to avoid in-person events like addiction recovery meetings. You may be staying at home to help your community, protect your family, or because you’re sick or caring for a loved one.
Whatever the reason, it doesn’t have to get in the way of your recovery. Free online recovery meetings can help you keep in touch with your support group so you can safely work together to stay sober.
There is an online recovery meeting for every day of the week and most times of day, so it’s usually easy to get something that fits your schedule.
Staying anonymous helps people support each other without fear of judgment. Online meetings held in video and chat rooms can be completely anonymous with made-up screen names you choose.
Online recovery meetings can happen anywhere with a stable internet connection. You can be at home or traveling abroad and still attend your meeting.
For many, attending a meeting from the safety of their own home can make the recovery process more comfortable. Others may enjoy not having to commute to their meetings.
In-person meetings are sometimes limited in size and location. Online support groups help you access new people and perspectives you may not get locally.
Many of the things you can expect from in-person recovery meetings still apply when it’s online. Joining a support group and attending meetings regularly can help you:
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Online AA support groups, just like in-person ones, follow a 12-step program to recover from alcohol addiction. Some of these steps include admitting a lack of control, recognizing a higher power, self-reflection and making amends.
Smart Recovery online meetings are based on cognitive-behavioral therapy in a 4-point program. These meetings help people understand their own behavior and thought processes to change their actions moving forward.
Also using a 12-step program, Nar-Anon online meetings are designed for people addicted to narcotics and drugs in general.
Many online recovery meetings use video conference calls so members can see and hear each other over the internet. Video conferences allow for more non-verbal communication than a phone call, which can help you better connect with fellow attendees. Participants can also choose whether they’re seen or not and can mute themselves if they desire. Some programs also offer chat room texting options to use when the internet connection isn’t stable.
For those who may not be comfortable with computers or the internet, meeting online can seem intimidating or stressful. Thankfully, people host online addiction recovery meetings on many platforms and websites. There’s a good chance you’ll find a program you’re comfortable with.
For example, The Recovery Village Recovery Room app is easy to use, free and anonymous for up to 50 attendees. To host a meeting, you’d follow these steps:
Answer a few questions about yourself and the time and date you’d like to schedule.
Share the provided meeting link with your attendees through email, text or any other method you’d like.
Everyone clicks the link at the desired time to enter their meeting.
Questions? Here are some frequently asked questions.
The Recovery Village Recovery Room app is free to use. You will never be asked for payment information.
Group sizes are limited to 50 attendees on video, including the host.
The Recovery Village Recovery Room app can be used for any online drug and alcohol recovery meetings, including AA, NA, SMART Recovery, Al-anon and more.
There is no limit to the number of meetings you can host free of charge.
Information shared on the app is protected by HIPAA privacy regulations and encrypted. Just like in-person meetings, attendees have a responsibility to keep anything they hear in an online meeting confidential. By using the app, you’ve agreed not to share others’ information.
You can join meetings using a laptop or desktop computer, mobile phone or tablet using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari. The device should have a connected camera and a microphone.
The Recovery Village Recovery Room app is available for international hosts or participants, however the app complies with U.S. HIPAA regulations and confidentiality laws. Other countries may have different privacy regulations that may or may not apply to using this app.
Many addiction support group organizations also offer search tools to find online meetings using different platforms. Here are a few:
Some locator apps for local addiction recovery meetings, like SoberMap, also offer online meetings in their search, so they can be a good resource to check.
Many addiction treatment programs make attending a support group a mandatory part of an aftercare plan because of the numerous benefits for those in recovery from addiction. If your circumstances make it difficult or impossible to attend an in-person meeting, online recovery meetings can be the solution that helps you commit to lifelong wellbeing.
If your regular support group can no longer meet in person due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, The Recovery Village Recovery Room app can help.
Host a meeting online for a convenient, free and anonymous solution.
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