Communication and connection have long been essential aspects of a successful recovery. This concept was the basis for the co-founders who initially started A.A., as they personally experienced the benefits of fellowship as a key element in maintaining sobriety. An entire lifestyle has evolved over the decades, in large part thanks to the opportunities to establish new sober friendships and meaningful interactions in the rooms of A.A.
Suddenly, and with scarce warning, those in recovery find themselves without the meetings that have served as such an important component of continuing care. Many are currently struggling with emerging cravings, enhanced anxiety and stress, depression stoked by financial distress, and general discomfort as they try to adjust to living in seclusion.
Attending 12-step meetings is just one of a long list of social activities that help individuals in recovery to stay the course. Success is often improved by staying busy through physical activities like a gym membership and sober lifestyle group activities. With the enforcement of social distancing over the past few weeks, some are experiencing boredom and loneliness, two triggers for relapse.
Fortunately, online A.A. meetings, free for those who utilize them, are available now using Zoom Internet technology. Primarily built to serve the corporate environment for hosting remote meetings or conferences, Zoom provides the perfect format to host online A.A. meetings. Now, those in recovery who desire some interfacing with a recovery community can do that without even getting into a car. While online A.A. meetings have been around for a while now, during the pandemic the Zoom platform is making them available far and wide.