No doubt your last months have been filled with a variety of emotions, changes and challenges. For those of us who rely heavily on community and a sense of routine and purpose for our emotional health and sobriety, the mandatory quarantine time might feel particularly daunting. Many are scrambling to find new ways to connect to our brothers and sisters in recovery while tackling other domestic and work changes at the same time.
Please hear this: you are not alone! Our desire is to share relevant resources with you to help you find community and continue to make progress on your recovery journey. Here are some great things you can do.
First and foremost, we encourage you to stay connected to God by plugging into our weekend services for a chance to worship and hear God’s promises. Our homepage has important information about services for Kids and Youth as well as prayer requests and online giving.
As you may already know, all in-person meetings in St. Louis are currently on hold until the government deems it safe to meet together again in person. This is true for all recovery programs including Al-Anon. While we know how disorienting this can feel to many, there are two great alternatives.
General online meetings
Group-specific online meetings
Many St. Louis 12-Step recovery groups are hosting online meetings during this season. To date, the details of these meetings are not posted online so to get information, your best bet is to reach out to someone who attends to find out if there are online options. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for recommendations.
Additionally, there is a private Facebook group listing 12-Step recovery meetings of various types. This is a privately run group that we do not specifically endorse, but may be helpful in finding meetings.
Recovery at The Crossing will be hosting an online meeting for people in ANY recovery program (including Al-Anon) on Tuesday nights from 7-8pm.
See our Comprehensive Resource Guide for great reads, apps and other suggestions for every kind of recovery program. A few of our favorite apps:
- AA Joe and Charlie Book Study (AA)
- Twenty-Four Hours a Day: Recovery Meditations (AA)
- Al-Anon Speaker Tapes for Al-anon (Al-Anon)
- The Language of Letting Go - Daily Meditations on Codependency (Al-Anon)
- NA Speaker Tapes and Addiction Recovery Audio (NA)
We love the daily devotional book The Life Recovery Devotional (available from Amazon).
The St. Louis County Library has some of the titles in the Resource Guide available to loan as electronic books (Boundaries, etc.).
If you or someone you love are in need of assistance, you can reach the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1 (800) 662-4357.
Email email@example.com for our recommended Christian counselors.
Other Tips and Practices
Self-Care (sleep, exercise, get fresh air, eat well, meditate, practice mindfulness).
Reach out for help to process or share your feelings and thoughts.
Practice Gratitude – this can literally change your brain.
Ask for prayer.
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need more help.