If you live in a city that lacks 12-step meetings, there are options to find them online. Many recovery groups have online listings, and some even have telephone lines for meetings information. The good news is that many libraries have computers available for public use, which makes it even easier to find a meeting in your area. This article will discuss some of the benefits of online recovery meetings. Listed below are some of the top reasons why you should consider joining an online group.
Online recovery meetings are convenient
Online recovery meetings are more convenient than ever! Many people are working odd hours, have limited physical mobility, or simply prefer convenience to going to a meeting in person. And because they are available globally, you can find a meeting almost anywhere you want. You can even chat with other members through chat rooms. But if you’re still not sure about attending a recovery meeting in person, here are some advantages of online meetings:
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They can be anonymous. You can join the meetings from your home, and they can be conducted via chat rooms and video. Online meetings can be targeted for specific demographics, including LGBTQ+ individuals, teens, speakers of other languages, and families of addicts. These online meetings can help you maintain your sobriety. But they can also be intimidating for some people. This is why online meetings are recommended as a supplement to face-to-face meetings.
They offer peer support
Regardless of location, you can find a peer support group online. These meetings are held four times a day – 9AM, 12PM, 3PM, and 9PM – and will feature multiple speakers, modalities, and testimonies from members. Online meetings use Zoom and text chat to facilitate the meetings. Participants can read testimonies and ask questions. They are confidential, and you are not expected to disclose your condition.
Online sobriety support groups offer a safe environment for individuals suffering from alcohol addiction and drug use. The availability of such groups is a draw for many. There is no stigma associated with these programs, and they are more accessible and stigma-free than traditional in-person meetings. Programs designed by experts and people who share the same struggles can offer comfort. Online sobriety groups may use different formats, while others may be specialized by age, gender, or ethnicity.
They are LGBTQ+-friendly
For those who are searching for LGBTQ+-friendly online recovery meetings, there are several options available. For example, the Alano Club of Portland hosts classes for people in recovery that are LGBTQ+-friendly. Other mutual-aid meetings offer LGBTQ+-friendly groups as well. You may also find a queer therapist or join a peer-based mutual-aid group. In addition to finding a meeting, you can find resources online for peer support, peer-to-peer, and LGBTQ+ issues.
Some former residents of the Pride institute are working to connect LGBTQ+ individuals in recovery in their communities. A few alumni have formed online LGBTQ+ groups, and others are hoping to continue the offline connection. Sorensen, for example, moved to the Twin Cities seven years ago from New York, and is now actively looking for LGBTQ+-friendly online groups that are not geared toward straight people. After completing his second stay at Pride, Sorensen decided to move to Minnesota and found a sober house in Minneapolis. He stayed in the LGBTQ+ sober house for six months before making Minnesota his permanent home.
They are non-denominational
You can join a virtual recovery meeting if you’re looking for support from the comfort of your home. There are many advantages to attending a virtual recovery meeting, including the convenience. If you have limited time, live in a different city, or don’t believe in a specific religion, you can participate in these meetings online from the comfort of your own home. There are many online recovery meetings for all types of people, including those seeking help for substance use problems.
Some groups are Christian in nature, and are therefore non-denominational. The meetings are facilitated by trained IFPR Peer Recovery Specialists. The group encourages participation in the twelve steps, and teaches that Christ is our higher power. Those who want to attend a recovery meeting can use its online resources, including recovery magazines and books, and find out the location of the nearest meeting.