In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many recovering addicts are wondering if the in-person support they typically receive is no longer safe. My belief is that with proper precautions, as outlined by the CDC, those settings are likely to be safe. But I also know that my personal belief on this matter is unlikely to alleviate the anxiety these individuals are feeling.
The good news is that there is plenty of support for recovering addicts (and those who care for them) that does not require in-person attendance. For instance, my own company, Seeking Integrity, has pioneered the use of video in treatment settings, with our clinicians educating and lecturing on a regular basis from all over the world. And Seeking Integrity’s affiliated website, SexandRelationshipHealing.com, provides a vast array of no-cost online resources for addicts, including webinars, drop-in discussion groups, addiction-focused podcasts, and more.
For recovering addicts who would like to stay home as much as possible as we deal with the current pandemic, recovery does not need to take a back seat. In fact, recovering addicts may be able to ramp up rather than scale down their meeting attendance without ever leaving the house. To this end, I suggest the following resources.
Websites with Free Online Resources
IntheRooms.com offers both hosted specialty meetings and more than 130 online 12-step meetings each week (covering pretty much every addiction).
- Hosted specialty meetings can be found at this link.
- Online 12-step meetings and other online support groups can be found at this link.
SexandRelationshipHealing.com offers webinars and drop-in discussion groups for sex addicts, porn addicts, loved ones of addicts, and recovering addicts in general.
Meetings that all populations, regardless of the addiction, typically find helpful include:
- Sex, Love, and Addiction Q&A, hosted by Dr. Robert Weiss, Mondays 5 p.m. PST
- The Wednesday Morning Webinar Series on Addiction, Relationships, and Recovery, Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. PST
- Addiction and Recovery Webinar with Q&A, hosted by Dr. David Fawcett, Wednesdays 5 p.m. PST
12-Step Recovery Online
Twelve-step programs universally offer a large number of phone and video meetings. Each program has its own schedule that can be found on the program’s website. Programs and links are provided below.
Twelve-Step Groups for Chemical Dependency
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Cocaine Anonymous
- Crystal Meth Anonymous
- Heroin Anonymous
- Marijuana Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Nicotine Anonymous
- Pills Anonymous
- SMART Recovery
Twelve-Step Groups for Sex, Porn, and Love Addiction
- Sex Addicts Anonymous
- Sexual Compulsives Anonymous
- Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
- Sexaholics Anonymous
- Sex and Porn Addicts Anonymous
- Pornography Addicts Anonymous
- Porn Anonymous
- Recovering Couples Anonymous
- Sexual Recovery Anonymous
- SMART Recovery
Twelve-Step Groups for Other Addictions and Issues
- Clutterers Anonymous
- Debtors Anonymous
- Emotional Health Anonymous
- Emotions Anonymous
- Food Addicts Anonymous
- Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
- Gamblers Anonymous
- On-Line Gamers Anonymous
- Overeaters Anonymous
- Recoveries Anonymous
- Spenders Anonymous
- Survivors of Incest Anonymous
- Underearners Anonymous
- Workaholics Anonymous
Twelve-Step Groups for Loved Ones of Addicts
Please Share This Resource List
My sincere hope is that recovering addicts and those who care for them will find this list of resources helpful. To this end, I ask you to please share this list with any and all people – addiction therapists, loved ones of addicts, and addicts themselves – who may find it useful. If you wish to repost this article and list of resources on your own website, please do so.