Online recovery resources for addiction

If you are like millions of other Americans, you have been living your recovery away from the public during COVID-19.  We have mastered the art of zoom! There are other times when you need to “log on” to your recovery, such as when you’re traveling, sick, or living remotely without transportation.  The silver lining is the available resources to people in recovery available on the internet and mobile devices. Continue reading this article to find the best online recovery resources for addiction.

Addiction is a lonely disease. Even virtually, connecting with others provides a sense of unity needed to help you through tough times.  To assist, we have created a resource list with online support and apps available to help you manage your recovery- anywhere and anytime!

12-Step Virtual Support

Almost every 12-step organization has an online option that can be found by searching the respective fellowship→ online or virtual meetings. Meetings take place 24-7 on zoom, by telephone, or chat.  

AA meetings online:  https://aa-intergroup.org/oiaa/meetings/

NA meetings online: https://virtual-na.org/

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous Meetings online: https://ddainc.org/online-meeting-links/

Overeaters Anonymous Meetings online:  https://oa.org/find-a-meeting

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous Meetings online: https://slaafws.org/onlinemeetings

Online recovery resources for family members:

Al-Anon meetings online:  https://al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/electronic-meetings/

Nar-Anon meetings online:  https://www.nar-anon.org/virtual-meetings

CoDA meetings online: https://coda.org/find-a-meeting/online-meetings/

Online recovery resources for support and networking apps

If you’re using your mobile device, you can download many available apps to find support and network with others in recovery.  Two of the most popular include:

In the Rooms: An Online Recovery Resources Community

“In the Rooms”  hosts support groups virtually, enables chat with other people in recovery in multiple pathways to recovery, and can help you connect with a recovery coach or find treatment. They offer 130 meetings online per week.

Sober Grid

Sober Grid provides an online, virtual support group. Using this app, you can track your recovery with question prompts, connect to others in recovery, and celebrate milestones by tracking your days in recovery.

Online recovery resources for mental health: apps

Mood Mission

MoodMission is an evidence-based app designed to empower you to overcome feelings of depression and anxiety by discovering new and better coping methods.

Happify

Happify uses evidence-based concepts of positive psychology through games, mindfulness activities, and writing prompts to better cope with stress, negative thinking, and negative moods.

Sanvello

Over 3.5 million users rely on Sanvello to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression.  The app provides access to therapy and coaching, self-care tools, and a community that gets it.

DBSA Tracker

This app was created by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and allowed the user to track moods, thoughts, and manages graphs to show your providers how your mood and functioning has improved or gotten worse.  DBSA also operates an online community, and visitors can find local DBSA support meetings for in-person support.

Shine

Specifically designed with black, indigenous, and people of color in mind, the Shine app helps you create a daily self-care ritual, connect with a supportive and inclusive community, and meditate to better manage mental health.

Pride Counseling App

Individuals in the LGBTQ community suffer from mental health issues at a disproportionately high rate, and folks at the Pride App wanted to help.  Login to Pride Counseling and be matched with an online or in-person therapist that understands the unique needs and challenges of the LGBTQIIA+ population.

Online recovery resources for mindfulness and insomnia: apps

Insight Timer

This app provides talks and guided meditations from teachers, mindfulness experts, and psychologists. Insight Timer adds new guided meditations every day.  You can browse by topic or choose relaxation to enhance sleep.

Calm

Calm offers guided meditations, breathing exercises, and music. The app is suitable for people who are new to meditation and has content for more advanced users.  One of the critical features of the app is sleep stories. There are over 100 bedtime stories for adults designed to help users unwind and fall asleep.

Aura

Aura is another online addiction recovery resource that allows you to slowly build on a mindfulness or meditation practice by starting with 3-minute meditations. Find thousands of empowering audio tracks on the app to help with sleep, empowerment, motivation, and relaxation.

In addiction or mental health recovery, you never need to be alone or isolated. There are thousands of online addiction recovery resources available at your fingertip. We hope the use of these apps or online addiction recovery resources will help you feel more connected and manage your recovery.

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