'Safer-at-Home' Resources for Those in Recovery
This is uncharted territory for all of us.
Those of us in recovery from substance abuse and/or mental health are facing a new challenge. Like everyone else, we must adapt to using new tools and coping skills in order to abide by social distancing. This poses an obvious challenge for recovery fellowship groups that depend upon attending meetings and connecting with individuals in person.
While it is absolutely necessary to do whatever we can to halt the spread of coronavirus by abiding by the ‘safer-at-home’ order and social distancing recommendations in place across the country, it is equally necessary that we find a way to continue to engage in recovery-related activities if we are to remain happy, healthy, and sober.
Resources for Those in Recovery During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In addition to putting in place protocols to protect our community here at Nexus Recovery, we have cultivated a list of available resources for those who are staying home.
Please utilize these tools, contact us with resources you think should be added or you have found helpful, and share these with your friends, family and loved ones. We are all in this together and here to help.
***Please note: If you or someone you know is in danger or in need of immediate assistance
call 911 immediately***
Mental Health & 12-Step Meetings
The ‘safer-at-home’ order is in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Below are the numbers for hotlines for both substance abuse and mental health, links to AA and NA meetings that have gone virtual during this crisis, and vetted speaker tapes that carry the message of recovery anytime, anywhere.
LA County: (800) 854-7771
Mental Health First Aid: Text: HOME to 741741 to be connected to a counselor if you prefer texts
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
**Please note: The virtual meetings below are being listed on Google Docs and we are not able to protect your personal information on them. The following are helpful links to online meeting directories however, your anonymity may not be protected. Clicking the following blue links may allow your name to be shared with others who are viewing these pages. Use at your own risk.
Virtual 12-Step Meetings
LA AA Online Meeting Directory
Online Intergroup: Alcoholics Anonymous
In The Rooms: An Online Addiction Recovery Community
We have spent much of our early days in recovery learning new ways to live and enjoy life free from substances such as: getting outside, being active, attending meetings, taking up new hobbies, and enrolling in school. While many of these things are still available they may be in different places.
Check out these resources for online classes, workouts, and entertainment. Take some art classes or learn a new skill. Share what you are learning with your friends and family. Take time to enjoy each day in new and exciting ways.
Learn a Language
Open Culture Language Lessons (free)
KNOW (the guide to Instagram live content and online virtual events)
Skillshare (learning platform with online classes taught by the world’s best practitioners)
MasterClass (offers online classes created for students of all skill levels)
Self-isolation can be difficult. It can also be an opportunity to hone and practice new skills or even reconnect with practices we might not usually have as much time for during the course of a busy week. Meditation, mindfulness, and yoga are just as beneficial to our overall health and sobriety as they were before we were ‘safer-at-home’.
Below are resources on how to keep ourselves centered during these uncertain times.
Journey.Cloud (motivational journal app)
DoYogaWithMe.com (Free Online Yoga Videos | Classes and Poses)
YOME Your Home for Yoga | Free Yoga Videos & Online Yogis Community
Brain.fm (functional music to improve focus; 5 sessions free)
Headspace (also offering a free section called “Weathering the Storm”)
Insight Timer (free)
Alumni & Family Testimonials
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