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Alcoholics Anonymous hosting digital meetings during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has put US Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings on temporary hold.

However, members are exploring new ways to connect – with virtual meetings well-suited to the occasion.

This is a stressful time for many, particularly for those in the grip of addiction.

To offer continued support and reach out to those who are struggling with various forms of addiction, virtual meetings are now the norm for both existing members and newcomers.

The group is using the virtualna.org and nabyphone.com platforms to schedule these.

The platforms allow you to choose the time, the date, and language of the meeting.

Either way, the meetings are a contributory part on a sufferer’s path to recovery.

Through them, members can share their experiences, which can prove helpful to others.

For instance, someone may share how they’ve got through the stress without resorting to alcohol or drugs, which may inspire others to do the same.

The idea is based around using the therapeutic value of one person and applying it to help others who may learn from their example.

Dr Delaney Smith, medical director of The Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board (ADAMH), wants people to know that addiction sufferers can still rely on their support, even if some of their services are closed because of the pandemic.

For those who have found themselves in a pinch, the Central Ohio helplines are open 24/7.

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