Online resources for alcohol addiction recovery during the coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic presents those in recovery with an unprecedented set of circumstances which may have an impact on health and well-being.

In order to support those in recovery at this difficult time, the Alcohol Health Alliance has put together a list of resources which may be useful.

All of us are unique and need support in different ways. You may find some resources more useful than others.

If you are aware of any other online resources that aren’t listed, do get in touch with us.

Even in self-isolation, we are not alone.

Online meetings and support for alcohol addiction and recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous have moved their peer-support meetings online.

Helpline number: 0800 9177 650 (open 24/7), [email protected]

Breaking Free Online

Provide access to 24/7 recovery support via their app or website.

C3 Foundation Europe

C3 Foundation is providing free one-to-one counselling sessions via Skype.

The charity uses the Sinclair Method but is opening sessions to anyone needing any alcohol dependency support.

Contact [email protected] to arrange a session.

DAN 24/7

A free and bilingual (English/ Welsh) telephone drugs helpline providing a single point of contact for anyone in Wales wanting further information or help relating to drugs or alcohol.

Helpline: 0808 808 2234, or text DAN to: 81066 (open 24/7)

Drinkcoach

Drinkcoach was established to help people keep track of and change unhealthy drinking habits. Their online resources include an app, to help people keep track of how much their drinking, as well as online coaching sessions with a trained alcohol worker over Skype.

Drinkline

Drinkline offers free, confidential, information on alcohol consumption. Please note, it is not a counselling service.

Helpline: 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm and weekends 11am–4pm)

Humankind

Humankind have produced a downloadable leaflet containing advice about for anyone managing alcohol addiction during self-isolation.

Phoenix Futures

The recovery service provider has a range of online meetings to help you stay supported and connected.

#RecoveryPosse

A personal blog dedicated to helping those in recovery connect online. It has a comprehensive list of online recovery meetings taking place across the UK.

SMART Recovery

You can join a SMART Recovery online meeting at the times listed on their website.

In response to the current crisis, SMART Recovery are providing a call back service between 9am-5pm. You can request a call by emailing [email protected] and providing your name and phone number.

Soberistas

A worldwide recovery community which includes a message forum and chat room. You can sign up for a free seven day trial and then pay a membership fee thereafter.

Sober Recovery

Sober Recovery provides a chat forum for those in recovery as well as their friends and family.

We Are With You

Speak to trained drug and alcohol workers online via We Are With You.

(Weekdays, 10am-4pm, 6pm-9pm)

(Weekends, 11am-4pm)

Support for families

Al-anon

Offers support to the families and friends of dependent drinkers.

Helpline: 0800 0086 811 (10am-10pm), [email protected]

Nacoa

Nacoa (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics) was founded to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem. This includes children of all ages, many of whose problems only become apparent in adulthood.

Helpline: 0800 358 3456 (Monday-Saturday, 2pm-7pm), [email protected] (Monday-Saturday, 12pm-9pm)

Nacoa have also developed an Online Resource Pack for those concerned for young people affected by their parent’s drinking during social distancing.

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

The charity support anyone who is concerned about someone else’s drug or alcohol use in Scotland.

Bereavement support and one-to-one support are available online or by phone. Their website also contains a range of resources to help with your well-being.

Helpline: 08080 10 10 11 (Monday-Friday, 9am-11pm), [email protected]

SFAAD are also hosting mini half hour Zoom chats on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3.30-4.00pm for people to connect with each other and talk about what they’ve been doing to keep themselves and their families well.

Each chat will have a different topic to explore. It is a great way to meet new friends who may be in a similar situation to your family.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/292700547?pwd=WS91WS96S05hYk5MZ2VpYWR2QlRRUT09 

Meeting ID: 292 700 547
Password: 013800

Podcasts

Some people may find it comforting to know that they aren’t alone in their recovery by listening to stories from others:

BBC Hooked

Melissa Rice and Jade Wye debunk the stereotype of addicts and guide you through the highs and lows of addiction and recovery.

Love Over Addiction

A podcast for people who love someone with an alcohol addiction.

That Sober Guy

That Sober Guy Podcast was created by Shane Ramer. Shane battled a 17 year alcohol and drug addiction and in 2013 he sought treatment. Less than a year later, he started That Sober Guy Podcast as a way to share his own recovery and allow others to share theirs.

Online workshops and activities

Things to keep you busy during isolation

Sobriety Films UK

SFUK have started running a series of recovery film making workshops. The first round are for 18-26 year olds.

Sessions take place twice a week for three weeks. The films being made are themed around recovery and resilience. 

Email [email protected] to find out more.

Recovery Street Film Festival

The annual film festival has opened submissions for this year’s virtual event, inviting anyone who is directly or indirectly affected by addiction (individuals, family members, friends, professionals) to make a 60 second film on the theme of ‘Isolation’. The closing date for submissions is 3 August 2020.

Connect, Communicate, Learn, and Thrive Festival

Throughout July, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs are offering a free programme of activities and workshops for everyone in the family including opportunities to learn something new, get crafty and make something fun, attend a wellbeing workshop, join a quiz night and so much more.

Mental health concerns

If you need immediate help, call 999

Samaritans

Samaritans provides emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

Helpline: 116 123 (open 24/7), [email protected]

SHOUT

SHOUT is the UK text service for people in crisis.

Helpline: 85258 (via text message open 24/7)

CALM

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is here to support those who feel isolated, anxious, alone or suicidal.

Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm-midnight)

Webchat (5pm-midnight)

Mind

The mental health charity has put together a number of resources to provide advice on anxiety, social distancing and taking care of your well-being.

Physical health concerns

Go to NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.

A number of UK charities have specialist health pages for how COVID-19 may affect certain conditions, including:

Liver health

British Liver Trust

Cancer

Cancer Research UK

World Cancer Research Fund

Macmillan Cancer Support

Bowel Cancer UK

Breast Cancer Now

Diabetes

Diabetes UK

Heart health

British Heart Foundation