Online Meetings and Remote Recovery Resources

Quarantine measures meant to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic are placing a burden on those active in recovery programs. Time that was previously filled with work and the common responsibilities of daily life is now time to be filled. In-person addiction and recovery groups are no longer meeting due to these precautions, leaving many individuals unaware of online and remote resources to struggle alone.

Online and remote options are available to you for many kinds of treatment and recovery programs for all different paths to sobriety. Below is a list of programs that you can access from your own home:
  • Alcoholics Anonymous is a well-known and highly regarded self-supporting 12-step program. They offer an online Intergroup of AA. These meetings are hosted in many formats and languages, around the world and around the clock. If video conferencing isn’t for you, chat rooms and phone meetings are among the options available.
  • Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. The members are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean through use of the 12 steps. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. Meetings are available online and by phone.
  • SMART Recovery is a program that teaches scientifically validated methods designed to empower its participants to change and to develop a more positive lifestyle to maintain sobriety, utilizing a 4 point program. This recovery program can be followed alone or as complementary to another program. Meetings are available online. In order to access the information, you will need to register.
  • Refuge Recovery is a program grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for a path to freedom from addiction. Refuge Recovery believes that training our hearts and minds to see clearly and respond to our lives with understanding and non-harming can free us from addiction and provides an 8 fold path towards recovery. Meetings are available online. Refuge Recovery also offers free recovery podcasts.
  • Recovery Dharma is a newer, but growing program of recovery from addiction using Buddhist practices and principles.The program is based on the idea that everyone is their own guide in recovery from addiction, with the help and understanding of our wise friends and community. Recovery Dharma is based on the idea of choice: that groups and individuals within those groups should be encouraged to explore, to learn, and to understand, following their own path and their own needs. Meetings are available online.
  • SAMHSA is The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A federal agency formed to further the behavioral health of U.S. citizens, SAMHSA offers an array of resources, including programs and educational material, for those with substance abuse disorder.
  • SOS is a non-profit network of autonomous local groups who support their members with help in maintaining sobriety.
  • Lifering Secular Recovery is a network of peer-to-peer recovery groups around the U.S. Meetings are available online.
  • Women for Sobriety is a support group for women that focuses on individual support in recovery from substance use disorders, utilizing a 13-step program. Meetings are available online.

Will Entering a Program Hurt My Chances in Court?

An OUI is a serious charge for anyone, and showing the court that you take it seriously can have a positive impact. Voluntary participation in a treatment program is a very effective tool for your defense in many cases, even if this is your first OUI offense. Many clients wonder and ask if involvement in these types of programs can be used against them. Participation in these programs is not an admission of guilt and demonstrates your commitment to staying healthy and safe. Keep in mind that participation in any recovery program can assist in your defense in many different ways. We have utilized voluntary participation and such programs with the probation department, judges, prosecutors as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
If you need help or are struggling with the stress of your OUI court date, you are not alone. There are options available for you, from reaching out to peers who have experienced something similar to finding new and healthy ways to fill your time.

Talk to an OUI attorney who not only knows the process and the law, but cares about you as an individual as well as a client. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard are as committed to your success as you are, and are available to discuss how accessing these resources can impact your case.