Recovery Support Resources

Recovery Support Resources

The schedules for many AA, NA, and other 12-step meetings have been disrupted due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Here are some resources for virtual or online meetings.

Organization / ServicesOnline Link
AA Columbia Intergroup Officehttp://www.area62.org/intergroups/index.php?id=3
WEconnect Recovery (free online support)https://www.weconnectrecovery.com/
Unity Recovery (free online All Recovery meetings)https://unityrecovery.org/ 
Online AA Intergrouphttp://www.aa-intergroup.org
In The Rooms (live video meetings)https://www.intherooms.com/home/live-meetings/
SMART Recovery (online meetings)https://www.smartrecovery.org/community/calendar.php
Grupo de AA por Skype (Spanish-speaking online meetings)https://grupoaaskype.es.tl/
Recovery Chat Roomshttps://stepchat.com/chat/room1.htm
Online 12-Step Meetingshttps://www.12step.org/social/online-meetings/
Lion Rock Online AA Meetings and Support Groupshttps://www.lionrockrecovery.com/online-aa-meetings-and-support-groups
Al-Anon Electronic Meetingshttps://al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/electronic-meetings/
Addiction Policy Forum Connections Apphttps://www.addictionpolicy.org/connections-app

At-Home Drug Prevention Resources For Parents

At-Home Drug Prevention Resources for Parents

With schools being closed because of the Coronavirus pandemic, many parents are looking for resources to foster learning while their children at home. Below is a list of science-based programs and curriculums that children and youth can do to learn more about addiction and the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

https://teens.drugabuse.gov/teachers/lessonplans

https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/addiction/

http://forensics.rice.edu/en/For-Educators/index.html

https://bscs.org/resources/educator-resource-center/drug-abuse-addiction-and-the-adolescent-brain/

https://www.smokescreengame.org/

http://www.play2prevent.org

http://www.scholastic.com/drugs-and-your-body/

https://create.kahoot.it/pages/test/dea33ab0-584e-4ed0-9464-5a1ec01b22aa?_=1584372908

https://teens.drugabuse.gov/teachers/mind-matters/opioids

https://teens.drugabuse.gov/teachers/mind-matters/nicotine

https://teens.drugabuse.gov/teachers/mind-matters/marijuana

http://www.epiedmovement.org/drugepi.html

Managing Stress in Uncertain Times

Managing Stress in Uncertain Times

During times such as these, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and confused. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, it is especially important that individuals and families look for ways to stay mentally and physically healthy, reduce stress, and stay connected.

So, how does this work?

First, take care of yourself physically. We have all heard the list of to-do’s by now:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with others by keeping a distance of 6 feet
  • Stay away from others if you are sick
  • Stay home as much as possible

The CDC also recommends that you take a break from reading and hearing about the pandemic to decrease feelings of being overwhelmed.

  • Turn off the TV or computer
  • Sand up and stretch
  • Go outside and get some fresh air
  • Make healthy food choices to keep up your strength and to boost your immune system
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Avoid alcohol and other drugs

Take care of your mental health. This one can be challenging since folks are being encouraged to stay home. Many people are finding that their social connections are harder to maintain. Because staying connected is important to both mental and physical health, it is important to connect with others even if you are not mobile. Call, text, or write a friend and connect to loved ones through social media-remember they are probably feeling as unsettled as you are. Check your faith community’s website for inspiration and encouragement. Plan ways for those in your household to emotionally connect during quarantine such as playing card or board games, watching a favorite movie, or going for a nature walk in your own backyard!

If you are working from home, try to stick to your daily routine. Get up at your usual time, dress, eat breakfast, and make your bed. Connect with co-workers by email or text to maintain a sense of work connection and bonding.

For those in recovery, it is especially important to stay connected to your systems of support. Cornerstone’s Facebook and website (www.facebook.com/cornerstonegema or www.cornerstonecares.org) both have information about on-line resources and meetings that are available. Stay in touch by phone or video chat with your sponsor, small groups, and supportive family members. Stay focused on your recovery plan by staying proactive. Avoid temptations by posting your recovery goals where you see them daily, connect with on-line meetings, keep a journal, or do any of the things that help move you toward your most joyful and healthiest self.

Last but not least, get creative! While quarantining at home is probably not anyone’s first choice, use this time to nurture yourself and your household with meditation or relaxation activities. Learn new skills like gardening, sewing, or baking. Watch instructional videos or make your own and share with others. Ask your family members to vote on a book to read out loud after dinner each evening. If you are still looking for things to do, put on some music and have a dance contest in your living room.

Most of all, keep in mind that we are all in this together. Do not hesitate to reach out for support if you need it or to offer support to someone else.   

Underage Drinking… What Are The Laws?

Underage Drinking: The Facts

  • It is illegal to give alcohol to your teen’s underage friends under any circumstances – even in your own home, even with their parents’ permission.
  • You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to consume or possess alcohol in your home or on your property.

What can happen if you break the law

  • You face a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and $1,075 in fines and fees.
  • Your penalties can “stack up,” as you can be ticketed for each underage person you provide with alcohol.
  • You can be sued if you give alcohol to anyone under 21 and they, in turn, hurt someone, hurt themselves or damage property.

What you can do to protect yourself

  • Refuse to supply alcohol to anyone under 21
  • Be at home when your teen has friends over
  • Make sure that alcohol is not brought into your home or property by your teen’s friends
  • Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at other events your child will be attending
  • Create alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home so teens feel welcome
  • Report underage drinking to local law enforcement