COVID-19 Resources to Maintain Health and Wellness
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a ripple effect and has greatly impacted our day to day lives. It is important to stay up to date on the current news and guidelines to keep you and those around you safe.
On this page you will have access to both local and national resources that have to do with the virus and emergency updates. While we are being updated on new upcoming information pertaining to the virus, it is vital to prioritize mental and emotional health as well as overall wellness.
Stay up to date: What you need to know about COVID-19
The following are resources from local and national health experts.
During the statewide self quarantine, social distancing for a long period can evoke a multitude of emotions. It is vital to prioritize mental health alongside physical health during self isolation.
As mentioned in our blog that you can find here, finding healthy ways to keep ourselves busy is extremely important. It is especially important to those in recovery to find ways to connect with allys and support each other. The following are links for various resources that offer support during this emergency.
Online Resources to Help Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19
It is highly recommended that individuals who are seeking or living in recovery utilize peer groups and other recovery support services to maintain their wellness and aid in their recovery process. Traditionally these groups meet in person and require individuals to be in close proximity to one another. The COVID-19 pandemic is a significant societal stressor that can affect anyone who is in recovery or seeking recovery. We encourage people in recovery to stay connected to treatment resources, even if their treatment/support/recovery programs are either closed or offering reduced support. This can be a very vulnerable time for people in recovery, as it is for those who are not.
To assist people seeking support during this time, we have compiled the digital resources identified below, which offer diverse online support to individuals seeking connection and engagement during times of social distancing. Please use them and share them with your networks. (Please note the inclusion of these resources is not necessarily an endorsement.)
Substance Use & Mental Health Support
Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) Online Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; they are self-supporting through their own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Their primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.
Information & Resources for Healthcare Providers
The Connections App
Connections App was developed by Addiction Policy Forum and CHESS Health to help support individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. This is a free smartphone app that is scientifically proven to support individuals in recovery by reducing relapse and promoting pro- social engagement.
With the Connections App individuals can:
• Track their sobriety
• Access e-therapy to learn new recovery skills,
• Connect with trained counselors and peers through messaging
• Clinical support is available 7 days a week, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. EST
• Track treatment plans and set reminders
• Journal daily
• And discover helpful videos, testimonials and more through the unique resource library
Digital Recovery Meetings
Unity Recovery + WEconnect + Alano Club are offering free virtual recovery meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are now offering online recovery support groups which will be available five times daily at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., and 9 p.m. EST. They are also offering one daily family and loved one recovery support meeting at 8 p.m. EST. All recovery meetings are non-denominational, agnostic to any specific recovery pathway, and are open to anyone.
• Video is optional but can be used
• Real names do not have to be used and are not required
• Audio can be muted and you are not required to share
• Please be respectful of all participants just as you would in any other meeting or recovery space—we are all in this together
The telephone conference call platform they are using has local access telephone numbers for 74 different countries. If calling from a foreign country, please use the appropriate email address to request the local calling numbers.
Day/Time Call-In Number Access Code Questions?
Sun. at 9 p.m. EST (712) 770–5338 836083#
Mon. at 9 p.m. EST (712) 770–4925 554671#
Tue. at 9 p.m. EST (712) 770–4943 253824#
Wed. at 9 p.m. EST (712) 770–4160 611704#
Thu. at 9 p.m. EST (712) 770–4981 872853#
Fri. at 9 p.m. EST (712) 770–4996 565094#
Sat. at 9 p.m. EST (712) 770–5335 491301#
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a global, community-based organization with a multilingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953, and members hold nearly 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries today.
Day and Time Meeting ID Meeting Format
Mon. at 7 a.m. EST JFT/Topic
Mon. at 12 p.m. EST Rotating
Tue. at 12 p.m. EST Topic/Spiritual Principles
Fri. at 10 p.m. EST Rotating
Fri. at 11 p.m. EST Ask It Basket
Fri. at 12 p.m. EST Step Working Guide Study
Sat. at 12 p.m. EST JFT/Topic
Sun. at 12 p.m. EST Steps & Principles
Narcotics Anonymous Virtual Meetings
CPRNA Meeting Schedule - NA is a nonprofit Fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. They are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using.
Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating). Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead fulfilling and balanced lives guided by SMART’s science-based and sensible 4-Point Program®.
“How I’m Coping with COVID-19 and Social Isolation as a Person in Long-Term Recovery" provides helpful suggestions of what to do (exercising, reaching out, praying, meditating, focusing on breathing, listening to music, doing projects you’ve been putting off) and what NOT to do (extended time on social media, negative self-talk, eat too much unhealthy food, watch the news 24/7).
Sober Recovery consists of forums that are a great place for people with substance use disorders to find assistance and helpful information. The community has more than 168,000 people who are recovering from substance use disorders and/or codependence, as well as their friends and family.
Sobergrid is a platform to help anyone get sober and stay sober. Some join to get support, others to give it. Each free download, post, and connection create an opportunity to stay sober while helping others do the same.
In The Rooms
In The Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues. In The Rooms embraces multiple pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities.
LifeRing Secular Recovery is an organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support. There are as many ways to live free of drugs and alcohol as there are stories of successful sober people.
District 13 is an online fellowship of people who share their experience, strength, and hope with one another to solve common problems and help others to recover from pot addiction.
State Guidance & Resources
Other Resources for Healthcare Providers
Soberistas is an international online recovery community, which makes it easy to connect with like-minded women who are friendly, non-judgmental, and help each other kick the booze and stay sober.
We Connect Recovery
We Connect Recovery are online recovery support groups that are available daily. They are open to anyone who is dealing with substance use, mental health concerns, disordered eating, as well as any other quality of life concerns. Everyone is welcome no matter their pathway to recovery or recovery status.