Substance recovery group meets online during the pandemic

Posted at 5:37 AM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 07:26:53-04

CINCINNATI — Not many substance recovery groups have been meeting in person since the pandemic started, but one local group has moved online to make sure those recovering from substance addiction still get the support they need.

A lot of people have been stuck in their homes and isolated from others since the start of the pandemic, and for people recovering from substance addiction, isolation and boredom can lead to issues with their recovery.

"What we know is boredom is one of the biggest triggers for people who are in recovery," Bill Stearns, a secretary for SMART Recovery, said. "We know people during the COVID situation have isolated and isolation causes problems with people with substance use disorder."

To combat that, Stearns said SMART Recovery has been working to offer more group meetings online. These meetings would offer the same help and information as their in-person meetings.

"We're trying to expand our Zoom meetings to get as much of the population as we can," Stearns said.

There are currently five free online group meetings offered each week run by trained facilitators anyone can sign up for here.