Social connection has long been a core aspect of success in recovery. This concept was the basis for the co-founders who started A.A. They saw clearly that fellowship is a key aspect in staying sober. A sober lifestyle is due in large part to A.A. as a means to make new sober friendships.
Now with scarce warning, people in recovery at first found themselves without the meetings that have served them so well. It took a little time to create new platforms for 12-step meetings. This was so crucial during Covid, as many are now struggling with stress, triggers, and depression. The social distance piece of Covid has only added to the strife.
Twelve-step meetings are just one of a long list of actions that help people in recovery stay the course. Success is often improved by staying busy and productive, and staying in touch with others. After all, being bored and lonely are triggers for relapse.
Online A.A. meetings, free for those who join them, are available now using Zoom. This is so helpful, now more than ever. Zoom provides the perfect format to host online A.A. meetings. Now, those in recovery who desire some social time with a group can do that without getting into a car. While online A.A. meetings have been around for a while now, the Zoom platform is making them widely available.