In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many aspects of everyday life have changed. But what hasn’t changed is the need to maintain your sobriety and aim for lasting success. That means there is a need to find alternative options to traditional AA meetings and in-person SMART Recovery programs.
While traditional meetings may be out of the question during these uncertain times, your health and wellness need to remain a priority. That is why we have compiled a list of ways you can continue working towards your individual goals using at-home alternatives to AA. Ultimately, the goal is to not lose any of the progress you have made and to work towards taking further steps to improve your overall health and wellness after addiction.
5 At-Home Alternatives to AA Meetings
It’s not uncommon for people to struggle with everyday life while recovering from alcohol addiction and it doesn’t stop just because you are stuck at home. Luckily, there are ways to continue on your path to lifelong sobriety using tools from your existing network to keep you committed to your personal growth.
At-home alternatives to AA might not be a long-term solution, but they are beneficial to helping you customize your treatment plan and explore new ways to reach your goals.
Below are just a few practical alternatives to AA that might benefit you during your highly personal at-home journey in addiction recovery:
1. Virtual Intensive Outpatient Treatments – At The Raleigh House, we have quickly adapted to meet the changing needs of our clients. We now offer virtual intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) as a way to exercise social distancing in the wake of COVID-19. This option is available for clients transitioning out of a residential program, but it’s also a great option if you want to return to treatment from the comfort of your own home. We encourage you to learn more.
2. Improve Communication with Your Sponsor – If you are currently in AA or a similar program, it’s important to maintain as much communication as possible. While you might not be able to meet in person, you can set up video calls, daily check-ins and progress reports to maintain your commitment to staying healthy and sober.
3. Take Your Recovery with You – If you are currently practicing SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery, you may have access to their interactive apps. These confidential, self-led online programs can help you continue your journey remotely from your own home.
4. Participate in Virtual AA Meetings – While this may not be appropriate for everyone, there are some valuable solutions that are just a phone call away. Many communities are using video conferencing as a way to continue having AA meetings at-home. These virtual meetings gives you a chance to continue your progress in AA and connect with other people in recovery.
5. One-on-One Counseling – Beyond virtual AA meetings and talking to your sponsor, you can also turn to a personal therapist or counselor. You can try to meet them in-person where it’s just you and them in a safe space, or you can have virtual meetings if you feel safer at home. The Raleigh House also offers outpatient day treatment without housing if you would rather be in-person. With this treatment option, you’ll be with a smaller group of people and meet individually with therapists, minimizing your risk of being exposed to the virus.
Change is difficult, especially for someone in addiction recovery. We encourage you to explore at-home alternatives to AA and SMART Recovery to ensure you don’t lose any progress while also putting your health and safety first.
Flexible Addiction Treatment at The Raleigh House
At The Raleigh House, we have over 10 years of experience providing evidence-based and holistic addiction treatment. We are continually committed to putting our client’s health and safety first. By expanding our offerings to incorporate virtual IOP treatment, we can ensure our clients stay committed to their goals while maintaining proper social distancing guidelines.
If you would like to learn more about our virtual IOP treatments or find out if you or a loved one could be a candidate for our other services, we encourage you to contact us. We will provide a personalized assessment to confirm your addiction and determine the right treatment approach for you.
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