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In-person meetings and the connections they facilitate are the best way to attain and maintain your strength, safety and health. CDRC provides a place where that can happen. At our meetings we are told not to isolate ourselves. Now CDRC is temporarily closed under the guidance of state and local government and public health officials, and we are being told by health professionals to isolate again.
We need to tell each other that our reactions are normal and understandable and not something to be ashamed of. With that mutual support, I’m hopeful that most of us will be able to resist any urge to re-engage in our behavior.
People have reached out to offer financial support to CDRC. Because of these kind and generous people, we are able to pay some of our monthly expenses. If you would like to make a donation – of any amount – you can do so through our FaceBook page, our website, or by mailing a check to CDRC, 45 Colvin Ave, Albany NY 12206.
Though face-to-face counseling and in-person group meetings have been suspended to curb the spread of the corona virus, there are many virtual options newly available for support.
Here are some on-line options, almost all of which are free.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Federal hotline offering referrals to local treatment and support services.
Narcotics Anonymous Meetings worldwide for people struggling with drugs. Directory of online meetings, using Zoom, Skype and other platforms.
SMART Recovery Abstinence-based international organization that uses a cognitive behavioral therapy tool kit. Has a directory of online meetings.
AA-Alcoholics Anonymous The worldwide 12-step abstinence program has extensive online resources.
Recovery Dharma This organization uses Buddhist practices and principles to support individuals in recovery. Directory of daily online meditations and meetings.
Women for Sobriety Dedicated to helping women recover from substance use disorders, with online gatherings.
LifeRing Organization focusing on practical, secular support, with online meetings.
Cocaine Anonymous Online International group offering online support through email and voice-only conference calls.
In the Rooms Clearinghouse of 30 online meetings offering supports with a variety of approaches to different substance use disorders.
There are many free apps available. Here are just a few:
Connections Evidence-based, multipurpose app to help track sobriety and connect with supportive peers and Addiction Policy Forum counselors.
I Am Sober Popular, well-regarded app for planning and maintaining recovery.
SoberGrid Large online sober-support community and peer counseling.
For Those Who Support People in Recovery
Families Anonymous Offers online 12-step meetings for family and friends with a loved one struggling with drugs, alcohol and related behavioral problems.
SMART Recovery Friends and Family This secular, cognitive behavioral-based program offers online meetings for families and friends of someone recovering from substance abuse.