For the moment, we can all still get to 12-step meetings if we feel healthy and brave enough to go. But, the situation is escalating with the spreading of the virus Covid-19, and we have to prepare. If it becomes impossible to get to 12-sep meetings but you don’t want to fall victim to isolation, there are many things you can do to stay connected.

OnlineOnline Meetings

There are websites like intherooms.com that provide 12-step meetings and a recovery community environment online. Online meetings have been an enormous relief for me when I’m traveling, but they are great for any time you want to stay home and get your recovery. Or when you’re on a Covid-19 lockdown.

Speaker Tapes

A quick Google search just informed me that there are a plethora of sites that provide more speaker tapes than you’ll know what to do with. Just go onto your favorite search engine and search for your program and speaker tapes, and you will find what you need. The AA central office site has a speaker site where tapes available.

Recovery Apps

Recovery in 2020 means apps. There are many apps for recovery available like Sober Grid, which provides community, recovery coaching, and other services. Just find it online and click on how it works to get the full download. Need to meditate? I am a big fam of Calm. Calm provides guided meditations, and meditations especially created to help you relax and sleep. Now, is an ideal time to practice mindfulness and meditation to stay on the beam.

Make Calls

You have numbers. You’ve been storing them for years. Use them now. Call your sober sisters and brothers, call your sober family members, call the people on your meeting phone list. Stay connected and let someone know if you’re struggling. We are in a global pandemic! Let’s comfort each other through this.

Entertainment

I love movies and TV. Maybe this isn’t the best moment to re-watch Trainspotting or Breaking Bad, but there are plenty of other choices that can help you stay uplifted and help pass the time. Laughter is medicine, and between streaming and cable, you can find many hilarious things to watch.

Catch-Up On Recovery Work

I’ll admit it, I’m stalled on step 4 in a relatively new program. Perhaps this is my Higher Power’s friendly way of giving me the time to finish my recovery work. For me, work work can also be recovery work, and there’s plenty for me to catch up with there too. Let’s take this lovely opportunity to read that recovery book, finish that step work, or journal that tenth step.


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Lindsey Glass

Lindsey Glass is the co-founder of Reach Out Recovery. Her 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World Of Recovery, has helped to lift the stigma from addiction and recovery and is used in recovery programs nationwide to show what life is like on the other side of addiction. Lindsey's teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, was distributed to PBS stations nationwide by American Public Television in 2014-15. Lindsey has written dozens of popular articles on recovery. She is a recovery advocate and frequent keynote speaker. Lindsey is the author of 100 Tips for Growing Up, My 20 Years of Recovery, 2019. Before focusing on recovery, Lindsey was a TV and screenwriter. She has worked in publishing, web development, and marketing.

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