Support for Addiction Recovery during
COVID-19

Social distancing is essential for keeping people healthy during COVID-19, but this means that face-to-face mutual aid groups have stopped meeting in person, and providers are changing the ways they are delivering services. But there is an abundance of help and support out there! Check out these resources to support recovery. Brought to you by the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

Some groups are starting to meet face-to-face again!

Contact your local 12-step inter group for details or check the websites linked to this page for details. For example, in St. Paul, Minnesota, see Uptown House's statement on the resumption of face-to-face meetings.

Meanwhile, remote meetings continue. See below for resources.

How to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings remotely

Alcoholics Anonymous: Online Meetings. These include email meetings, text/chat meetings, audio/video (including zoom) meetings, discussion forums, and telephone meetings. For an amazing resource, visit the home page, scroll all the way down, and click the button that says "Find Next Available Meeting." Amazingly, the site knows what time it is and knows your time zone to deliver a list of meetings right now.

Main Alcoholics Anonymous website: at the top of the site, click "Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)"

Saint Paul & Suburban Area Intergroup: at the top of the site, click "Breaking News" for COVID announcements

Saint Paul & Suburban Area Intergroup Meeting Changes: Lists groups that have registered a change in their meeting including transition to online meetings with online meeting information (such as, zoom meeting codes). Phones answered 24/7: 651-227-5502

Greater Minneapolis Intergroup including local online meetings. Phones answered 24/7: 952-922-0880

New York City's list of remote meetings, by day. Meeting times are listed in the Eastern Time Zone so subtract one hour to convert to Central Time.

List of US and international AA meetings. Meeting times are listed in the Pacific Time Zone so add two hours to convert to Central Time.

Instantly find a meeting right now, or see what meetings are on for tomorrow. Meeting start times are listed in CST, offered by myRecovery

Online meetings running 24/7, scroll down to about line 108 or so.

How to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings remotely

Narcotics Anonymous: List of Virtual Meetings Worldwide: online and by phone, in 12 languages!

Main Narcotics Anonymous website: at the top of the site, click "Coronavirus Statement"

For those who are worried about another person's drinking or drug use

Al-Anon main website: click updates on COVID-19 at top of site

Families Anonymous virtual meetings. Families Anonymous is for those who are worried about another person's use of substances or related behavioral problems.

Nar-Anon Family Groups: for those who are worried about another person's use of drugs or other addictive substances

Additional online 12-step resources including other 12-step programs

XA-Speakers: Listen to audio-recorded recovery talks: "a collection of recordings from speaker meetings, conventions and workshops of 12-step fellowships, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon Family Groups and Narcotics Anonymous"

A treatment provider in Spain compiled "the top 75 AA speeches of all time"

The AA Grapevine (Spanish version, La Vina) is the magazine of Alcoholics Anonymous. They are offering free access to their 2020 issues during COVID 19 along with audio downloads of recorded articles.

Marijuana Anonymous. Follow the "meeting finder" link to locate virtual meetings.

Gamblers Anonymous general website and Gamblers Anonymous in Minnesota. Their hotline is 855-222-5542.

Additional list of remote meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA), and Adult Children of Alcoholics. Click the tabs at the top of the site to navigate to the meetings for these different 12-step programs.

In The Rooms: Global Recovery Community: offers a range of virtual recovery groups (12-step and other) plus other ways to connect in this social network.

Recorded 12-Step Speakers and Conferences

XA-Speakers: Listen to audio-recorded recovery talks: "a collection of recordings from speaker meetings, conventions and workshops of 12-step fellowships, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon Family Groups and Narcotics Anonymous"

A treatment provider in Spain compiled "the top 75 AA speeches of all time"

Events, workshops, and conferences that have taken place since COVID-19 have been recorded and are available for listening free and at your convenience here or here.

How to find other addiction support groups that meet remotely, if you'd like an alternative to 12-step groups

SMART Recovery: Self-Management and Recovery Training: "participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating)." Has remote meetings.

Women for Sobriety: "help[s] all women find their individual path to recovery, abstinence-based self-help program for women facing issues of alcohol or drug addiction" Has remote meetings.

LifeRing Secular Recovery: Offers online meetings

Minnesota Recovery Connection offers remote All Recovery Meetings for recovering people who are pursuing any path to recovery (12 step and other)

Recovery Dharma: Using Buddhist practices and principles to heal the suffering of addiction. Face-to-face meetings now running online due to COVID and previously existing online meetings.

AA Agnostica is a website featuring blog entries, essays, and links to resources for individuals who do not care for the religious/spiritual/theistic aspects of AA. They also feature a comprehensive list of alternative wordings for the 12-steps. To access online meetings, click on one of their secular group websites.

In The Rooms: Global Recovery Community: offers a range of virtual recovery groups including 12-step alternatives plus other ways to connect in this social network.

12-Step Conferences and Workshops are Happening Online!

Click here for an amazing list of conferences, events, and workshops, all happening on the web. Amazingly, many of these conferences have been recorded and are available for listening free and at your convenience here or here.

Be of service during COVID19

Contact the local intergroup of your preferred recovery support program or volunteer through New York Alcoholics Anonymous Intergroup.

Helpful Information for Setting Up and Running Remote Meetings

Online digital resources (such as fellowship safety & security, Zoom basic set up instructions, and Zoom help center) are available at the bottom of this website via the Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous.

How to set up an online meeting, courtesy of the Inter-Group Association of AA of New York, Inc.

Here is a free location for your electronic online recovery meeting: a treatment center in Ohio, USA, "The Recovery Village," offers groups the opportunity to host meetings through their website.

How to protect anonymity when setting up a zoom meeting, courtesy of the Inter-Group Association of AA of New York, Inc.

Toolkit for handling unwanted meeting disruptions, courtesy of the Inter-Group Association of AA of New York, Inc.

Making digital donations when there is no "hat" to pass, courtesy of the Inter-Group Association of AA of New York, Inc.

Suggested AA meeting formats including key readings, courtesy of the Inter-Group Association of AA of New York, Inc. and the AA Intergroup of San Fransisco and Marin.

Need to come up to speed on Zoom? Visit the Zoom help center.

Recovery Community Organizations: Help during COVID-19

Recovery Community Organizations are institutions that support addiction recovery through peer support, advocacy, and education. Peer Support Recovery Specialists receive professional training and abide by a code of ethics. These organizations embrace the philosophy that there are multiple paths to recovery, and support all paths to recovery.

Minnesota Recovery Connection, Twin Cities, MN. Offering a wide range of services during the COVID-19 crisis including phone support (612-584-4158) from peer recovery navigators Monday through Friday, 9-5, telephone support calls, coaching with peer recovery coach, all group recovery meetings, daily zoom meetings. COVID-19 resources pop up upon landing on the site. If you get the voice mail, please leave a message and someone will call you back.

Recovery is Happening, Rochester, MN. Offering peer recovery support and telephone support. Call their number (507) 218-4773 and they will help you find other resources, including online meetings and Rule 25 assessments.

WEcovery/Beyond Brink, Mankato, MN.

The Recovery Community Network, St Cloud, MN. This Recovery Community Organization has a Facebook page.

What to do if you have a phone but no internet

For immediate assistance, call 911

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 1-888-628-9454

Disaster Distress Helpline. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. 1-800-985-5990

Saint Paul & Suburban Area Intergroup. Phones answered 24/7: 651-227-5502

Greater Minneapolis Intergroup. Phones answered 24/7: 952-922-0880

Minnesota Recovery Connection, Twin Cities, MN. Telephone support (612-584-4158) from peer recovery navigators Monday through Friday, 9-5. If you get the voice mail, please leave a message, and someone will call you back.

Recovery is Happening, Rochester, MN. Offering peer recovery support and telephone support. Call their number (507) 218-4773 and they will help you find other resources, including online meetings and Rule 25 assessments.

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This site was updated on May 3, 2021