If you are currently in treatment or just got out, you may be wondering where and how to attend 12-Step meetings. Because of COVID-19, almost all 12-Step meetings have closed their doors. However, there is no reason to worry – plenty of 12-Step meetings are now available online.
Find a Zoom Meeting
Most meetings are held online on a platform called Zoom. To find the right meeting for you, you can begin by searching the websites for Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or any other 12-Step fellowships. These websites should provide information about where to find Zoom meetings, usually in spreadsheet form.
You can search by location, by meeting type, and other criteria. One of the great things about online meetings is that there are no geographical boundaries – you can live in Texas and attend a meeting in Australia if you want to. The sky’s the limit!
If you’re unsure how to use Zoom, there are many online tutorials to help you set up a profile and get started. You can choose to remain anonymous and even just listen in without using the camera on your computer. For someone who is hesitant to attend or share at meetings, this option can provide additional privacy and comfort.
For those who are craving a more personal connection during these isolating times, Zoom meetings provide plenty of opportunities for fellowship as well. They also make it easier to connect with your sponsor. Many sponsors are using the Zoom platform to work the steps and read literature with their sponsees.
Connect with Social Media
If you have access to social media, it can help during this time as well. There are many recovery-based groups on Facebook – some are public while others are private. Some people even post their phone numbers in these groups, if you need someone to talk to or need a sponsor.
Some recovery groups are also using Facebook technology to hold online events, from scavenger hunts to playing games. It’s all about inspiring hope and building a sense of community with one another. Again, anyone can join these groups, no matter who they are or where they live. If you are feeling isolated or struggling to stay sober, these groups can provide the help and support you need to stay on track.
You’re Not Alone
Sometimes we need more help than our family members or online peers can give. If you’re ready to seek treatment, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today.
Alta Loma is a transformational services facility designed to help men recover from co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. By focusing on coordinating care that meets both mental health and substance use needs, we are able to help residents who might not have been successful in other treatment settings. Call us today at (866) 457-3843.