One of the unexpected hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic is the way it has interrupted 12-step meetings for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Fortunately, the recovery community is one of the strongest on the planet.
Even with social distancing measures and “stay at home” orders sweeping the nation, members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other groups continue to support one another. Some meetings are taking place online via platforms like Skype, Zoom, and Google Hangouts, and AA “sponsors” are stepping up to support those who are newer to recovery. One member even recommends listening to The Recovery Show podcast during moments of loneliness.
Addiction is a disease that feeds off isolation, and safety measures associated with coronavirus have many of us feeling more alone than ever. For those struggling with substance abuse disorders, an article from the Los Angeles Times reminds you that you are not alone.
As one AA leader describes:
“You feel like you’re in a desert just gasping, and this oasis comes, and you go, ‘Oh, I’m not the only one’”.
12-step programs have saved and improved countless lives across the country, and they’re not going to stop because of a pandemic. Nevertheless, the oasis will have to be found online for the time being.
To find a virtual AA group near you, visit aa-intergroup.org.
While recovery from the comfort of your home may sound appealing, we understand if you need more structure, accountability, and support. As a nonprofit organization and licensed healthcare facility, Turning Point is still open for those seeking compassionate treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction.
We are adhering to all federal recommendations surrounding COVID-19 and take the health of our patients seriously. As part of our admissions process during this time, we will screen patients for symptoms of the virus. Further, we are not currently allowing visitors to our residential programs.
COVID-19 is an ongoing global crisis. Although we are adhering to federal recommendations and the terms of our continuation of operation plan (COOP) for pandemic illnesses, we encourage you to do your own research and make an informed decision.
For facility-specific questions, contact us at (973) 380-0905.