Social isolation can be a trigger for many, and in order to prevent relapse, it is important to find new ways of staying connected. With in-person recovery meetings being canceled to help stop the spread of the virus, it is important to reach out to sober supports more frequently via text or, even better, by phone. Furthermore, there are creative ways to stay connected with others in recovery.
Meetings Available via Phone
- Phone-in AA: Tuesdays at 7:30PM. Call 605-313-4838, then enter 694733#
- Phone-in NA: Meetings can be found by going to www.NAbyPHONE.com
Online meetings can also be found at the following websites:
Those on social media can also join recovery groups such as “Alcoholics & Addicts Recovery Group” and “Alcoholics Anonymous” by using the search option in the app/on the website.
Dramatic shifts in our schedules can allow for newly formed habits to slip and sometimes opens the door for old behaviors to creep back in. This makes continuing to actively participate in recovery all the more important. Outside of connecting with our sober supports and attending meetings via phone or online, there are also many online and digital resources that allow us to stay engaged in our own recovery. The following websites are good to explore:
YouTube also has recovery meetings uploaded-find them by searching for “AA meeting”.
Apps for our smartphones are also available to help us stay engaged in recovery and mindfulness:
These podcasts are recovery-focused:
- Sober Cast: AA Meeting in a Podcast
- Let’s Talk Addiction and Recovery
- Recovery Elevator
- The Addicted Mind Podcast
Lastly, we can stay connected outside of technology through reading, reflections, meditation/prayer, collaging/painting/drawing, and journaling. Consider reading a chapter out of the Big Book, Living Sober, or Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions and journaling your reflections.
And remember: THIS TOO SHALL PASS
By: Kathryn Rapson-Stecula