Substance Use Disorders
“Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope” is one of four dimensions of recovery from tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, according the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The last few weeks have created a steep learning curve for all with migrating things like work, academics and social interactions online. Addiction thrives in isolation, so take advantage of opportunities, or encourage others, to maintain connections and community. People in recovery or struggling with problems as a result of substance use disorder can find ways to access support and help online as well.
- In the Rooms, for immediate access to online fellowship & community for any number of topics (alcohol, narcotics, co-dependence, even COVID-19 support).
- Alcoholics Anonymous online intergroup: http://aa-intergroup.org/
- SMART Recovery online community: https://www.smartrecovery.org/community/
- An article on coping with COVID-19 & isolation as a long-term person in recovery from Shatterproof.
- The Massachusetts Organization of Addiction & Recovery has put out a COVID-19 Resources for the Recovery Community page for local online resources in Massachusetts. More about MOAR here.
- The American Society of Addiction Medicine has published a page of COVID-19 resources here.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is offering mostly policy and practice guidance to providers around COVID-19. SAMHSA’s nationwide resources also remain available.
- For parents who have a child navigating addiction, Needham Parent Al-Anon is hosting an open-speaker style meeting weekly starting Monday, May 4, from 7 to 8:30 PM via Zoom. This program is open to non-Needham residents, all are welcome. For more information about the meetings, please see: https://www.spanneedham.org/al-anon or contact Sandra at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Al-anon, please visit: https://ma-al-anon-alateen.org/