For those struggling with alcoholism, there are online options | READER COMMENTARY
For The Baltimore Sun|
Mar 25, 2020 | 11:18 AM
For recovering alcoholics, “Go to a meeting,” is the answer to most problems. Want to drink? Go to a meeting. Lost your job? Go to a meeting. Getting a divorce? Go to a meeting. Understandably, many of us wondered how Alcoholics Anonymous would manage without the benefit of in-person meetings. One writer predicted many would relapse and lives would be forever ruined.
Like everything that happens in A.A., it’s been the work of anonymous, mostly unpaid members. Thanks to their efforts and the marvels of modern technology, an alcoholic in the U.S. can be in virtual A.A. meetings round the clock. The only thing missing is the cup of bad coffee and the musty smell of the church basement.
Using Zoom, I attended a meeting in New England one night with more than 100 people from around the country and a few from other continents. The next morning, I logged into a meeting with just five or so members present. All of us were amazed by how the message of recovery stays the same regardless of the situation.
Like the rest of the world, recovering alcoholics are struggling with the isolation and fear that the pandemic has triggered. But unlike the rest of the world, we have a great tool to help cope and to connect, one day at a time. Our fellowship, founded in the 1930s by a New York stockbroker and an Akron doctor has evolved yet again to meet the needs of the era.
To anyone concerned about their drinking during these challenging times, I encourage you to contact your local A.A. intergroup and ask for a directory of online meetings.
An A.A. member
The Baltimore Sun is withholding the writer’s name to honor the tradition of anonymity in media among A.A. members.