Published On: Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020

Trying to stay sober while socially distanced? Online resources can help.

Staying sober in recovery is never easy, and the social distancing measures in effect to help slow the spread of COVID-19 are making it even harder.

Being sober and being isolated just don’t mix.

Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have been forced to cancel meetings, just when those in recovery need them most — at a time of crisis.

Fortunately, there’s a multitude of meetings and other resources online these days, and Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. has compiled a list:

Alcoholics Anonymous – Offers online support through their online intergroup

Cocaine Anonymous – Online services for CA

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.

In the Rooms – In the Rooms has a simple goal in mind: to give recovering addicts a place to meet and socialize when they’re not in face-to-face meetings. Through live meetings, discussion groups, and all the other tools, people from around the world connect with one another and help each other along their recovery journeys.

Marijuana Anonymous – District 13 online fellowship of people who share their experience, strength, and hope with one another to solve common problem and help others to recover from pot addiction.

Narcotics Anonymous – Offers a variety of Zoom and Skype meeting options.

Reddit Recovery – Redditors in recovery hang out, share experiences, and support each other. Discuss the various ways to achieve and maintain a life free from active addiction. Everyone is welcome.

Refuge Recovery is grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for a path to freedom from addiction. This program is an approach to recovery that understands: All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction.

SMART Recovery – Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. They offer online support and forums including a chat room and message board.

SoberCity – SoberCity is an online community that also has live events across the country.

Sobergrid –  A mobile platform to help anyone get sober and stay sober. Each free download, post, and connection creates an opportunity to stay sober while helping others do the same.

Soberistas – International Online Recovery Community online-only community is worldwide, which makes it easy to connect with like-minded women who are friendly, non-judgmental, and helping each other kick the booze and stay sober.

Sober Recovery – The forums of Sober Recovery are a great place for people with substance use disorder to find assistance and helpful information. The community has more than 168,000 people who are recovering from substance use disorder and/or codependence, as well as their friends and family.

We Connect Recovery – Online recovery support groups will be 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 your pathway to recovery or recovery status.

Remember: with abstinence, anything is possible.

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