This is an extraordinary time for everyone. We are all affected in so many significant ways. While this is all so new to us, what we do know is recovery happens, most powerfully when we support each other.
As in-person gatherings are being limited, we want to share other social recovery options with you. Below is a list of online meetings, both traditional and alternative, that you may will find helpful.
Like in person meetings, online meetings are headed by a chairperson who works to keep the meeting running smoothly. A topic is introduced and others take turns sharing on the topic. At some meetings, the chairperson will also present the opening and closing statements by copy-pasting text files. Meetings last approximately one hour. Online meetings, unlike online chat, introduce a topic and allow only one person at a time to share (or type their comments).
Using “voice chat” participants can actually hear each other share on the meeting topics. With the use of a microphone and speakers, participants can talk and listen to others in the room. Those who do not have microphones can share by typing their messages on the screen.
We have compiled these resources–we do not provide them nor have we vetted them specifically. As with any peer support, we encourage people to find a group that is a good fit and works for them.
12Step.org – meetings for 12 step groups originally took place (and still do) in physical buildings like churches, hospitals, schools, mission houses or any place that freely allow such meetings. Over the years, with improving technology and especially with the advent of the internet, the meeting venues have expanded to also include online meetings or tele-meetings (meetings on a shared phone line). The online meetings may take place using different means of communications like text-only chat, voice or video (e.g., Skype).
Alcoholics Anonymous Online Meetings Directory
There are a variety of online meetings including 12 and 12, 12 and 12 friends of Bill Wilson, 12 Steps Online and more. You can also choose a group for men, women, deaf/hard of hearing, atheists, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender and others.
Cocaine Anonymous Online
There are two types of online meetings: email meetings that run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or voice meetings via Skype held once a week.
Computer and Gaming Addicts Anonymous – Voice Chat using Mumble client software
Debtors Anonymous – Phone Tele-meetings
Electronic Alcoholics Anonymous -Text Chat
Marijuana Anonymous Online
This site has both online meetings and an online forum or message board.
Meetings Online – Video/Flash Meeting
My Recovery Online – Video Meeting
NA-Recovery.org – Text Chat
Narcotics Anonymous UK – Voice Meetings
This narcotics anonymous forum and recovery chat room features voice chat, Skype, and text chat meetings to connect with NA recoverying addicts from around the world. It offers forum topics on a wide range of issues.
NeverAloneClub.org – a group of Narcotics Anonymous with daily online meetings where those seeking recovery can chat 24/7 for support and fellowship.
Online Christian 12 Step Meetings – note that times are listed in the meeting calendar as Eastern Time Zone. This is an OPEN Christian meeting room, running 24/7. During non-meeting times, this room will be available for open recovery discussion and chat. If nobody is logged in to chat with you at the moment, just wait a little while. Somebody WILL be there soon.
Recovery Dharma Online organizes daily meetings accessible via computer, smartphone, or dial-in. Together we meditate, study Buddhist teachings, and support each other on our paths to sobriety and peace.
Recovery Realm – Text Chat
Refuge Recovery – a Buddhist Inspired Path to Recovery from Addiction.
Step Chat – Text Chat
Virtual NA – NA Meetings Online & by Phone