Online meetings are a convenient way to support your recovery. They offer flexibility and anonymity and are free to attend. They are also easy to use and can be attended from almost any location.
These online meetings are a great option for people who don’t have transportation, are sick, or juggling work and family responsibilities. Some groups even have multiple meetings available throughout the day.
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They are free
Online recovery meetings are free and offer a safe place to connect with people in sobriety. There are meetings available throughout the week, including weekends and holidays. Meetings are held in video and chat rooms, and participants can remain anonymous using a screen name of their choice.
Alcoholics Anonymous online meetings, SMART Recovery online meetings and Nar-Anon online meetings are all free to join. The SMART recovery meetings are based on cognitive-behavioral therapy and a four-point program, which can help people understand their behavior and thought processes. The AA meetings are a 12-step program that is spiritual and religious, while SMART is non-religious and uses scientific research.
LifeRing is a recovery support group that offers face-to-face and online meetings, an educational toolkit, one-on-one sobriety “ePals,” chat rooms, and forums. Its members are coached to become their “Sober Self,” and not ruminate on destructive behaviors from their past. This approach helps people develop self-determination and trust their new sober Self.
They are anonymous
SMART Recovery online meetings are an excellent resource for anyone who is struggling with addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, eating disorders and more. Their evidence-based approach helps people overcome their bad habits and change their lives for the better. Their meetings use a combination of video (optional), voice and chat to connect participants from all over the world.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may have to stay at home and miss in-person recovery support meetings. This can be a real challenge for those who depend on the meetings for their sobriety. However, there are still plenty of virtual AA and NA meetings available. These meetings can be accessed using any computer, tablet or smartphone that supports the free video conferencing software used by these meetings. They also offer text chat meeting options for those without reliable internet connections. The meetings follow a similar format to live meetings, with one person leading the meeting and everyone participating in the discussion. Some meetings are also targeted at specific populations, such as women, veterans, LGBTQ+ individuals, adolescents and speakers of different languages.
They are convenient
Online meetings allow people to stay connected during COVID-19. They also provide access to new groups and perspectives that may not be available locally. For example, some groups cater to special needs, such as women, veterans, LGBTQ+ people, adolescents, and speakers of different languages. Meetings are also accessible when transportation is unavailable.
Attendees of online mutual-help meetings are more likely to be women and younger than in-person attendees. This may be because they are more likely to be seeking resources and trying alternatives to traditional meetings. In addition, they are more likely to be early in recovery or have severe drinking problems.
While these groups are great for socialization, they can’t replace treatment. If you’re not feeling supported or need extra help, consider joining a recovery program like JourneyPure. Our addiction treatment centers in Kentucky and Tennessee offer everything you need to get clean. They can also connect you with a support group and offer therapy to help you maintain sobriety.
They are effective
Online meetings for addicts are effective in supporting recovery and providing a lower-threshold form of support for people early in the recovery process. However, more research is needed on how these services compare to in-person groups and how they can be used to build connections that help people stick with their recovery goals.
In addition to the convenience of online meetings, many people choose them for the privacy and comfort they offer. They also allow participants to attend meetings in multiple languages and times zones around the world. They are ideal for people who have work, health, or family obligations that prevent them from attending in-person meetings.
A recent study of participants with lifetime alcohol use disorder examined the association between meeting attendance and substance-use outcomes. The researchers found that those who attended online meetings were more likely to have recent and severe alcohol use problems and less confident about their ability to meet their drinking goals.