How to Stay Sober While Social Distancing
Just a few short months ago, staying sober while social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak wasn’t something any of us anticipated.
Since then, social distancing and shelter-in-place orders have abruptly and drastically changed our day to day lives.
Even things that seemed simple before, like going to work and visiting your therapist, may be off limits now.
However, there are quite a few creative ways that we can maintain our important social connections while we follow the CDC’s best practices and precautionary measures.
Staying Sober with a Video Chat
Facetime will never be a permanent replacement for in person social connections, but it can help us through this difficult time.
Ask your sponsors and therapists to make your meetings virtual for the time being. They’re stuck at home, too, so they’ll be happy to hear from you and to offer support in a new and unique way.
Whether it is weekly or daily, your sessions, meetings, and conversations can take place online so you don’t have to go too long without speaking to them.
Use a Virtual Meeting to Spend Time with Your Support Group
Most of us are well-versed in Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Facebook video chats by now, especially those who have been working from home since social distancing closed all non-essential businesses.
You can use these apps (and others) to meet with your support group once per week (or even more). Zoom can be used to merge up to 100 users into one virtual meeting, so no one has to be left out.
These meetings include two-way video, audio, or other collaborative features, and the basic version is free to download if you don’t have it already. If you’re looking for additional support, Facebook has a number of virtual recovery groups available.
Many of them will require a request to join, but they’re typically approved within a day or two, and then you will have access to many other individuals who are going through similar struggles.
Use this platform to swap stories and offer one another support.
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Join AA/NA Meetings Online or Over the Phone
Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are a resource that many people in recovery rely on.
While all large, in-person gatherings are canceled, you can find these meetings in a few other places.
Virtual support can fill in the gaps until we can all recover together again.
Spend Some Time in Nature
Whether we are talking a walk, riding a bike, reading a book, or simply enjoying the warmth of the sun on our skin, spending time outside can be hugely beneficial to our health.
Reconnecting with nature is a free and easy way to find inner peace without breaking social distancing rules.
Use this time to enjoy the fresh air or call a friend to catch up. While we are apart, continue to meet each day with integrity, honesty, and the will to work hard.
If you need help reach out. We are here for you.
Here are links to the resources mentioned in this article:
- Online AA/NA/CA Meeting Directory: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1z4o4uO-EkMzVQZEUi2q18zHUe0J9L7iY/view
- Speaker Tapes on YouTube
- Virtual recovery during COVID-19 Facebook Group (a private group you will need to ask to join): https://www.facebook.com/groups/568955283283091/?ref=search
- Phone Meetings: https://aa-intergroup.org/directory_telephone.php
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