Dear Recovery Friendly Workplaces:
We know that many of our workplaces are implementing measures to help ensure the safety and health of their employees and customers amidst Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) concerns. We also understand that those who are impacted by Substance Use Disorder (SUD) may be particularly vulnerable during this time, especially as social distancing is practiced and the availability of supports shifts.
We wanted to let you know that there are a wide array of virtual support options available, whether you are directly or indirectly impacted by Substance Use Disorder. We wanted to take a moment to let you know about a few of these:
- In The Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from Substance Use Disorder and related issues. They embrace multiple pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities: https://www.intherooms.com/home/…
- Unity Recovery + WEconnect + Alano Club are now offering free virtual recovery meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. All recovery meetings are non-denominational, agnostic to any specific recovery pathway, and are open to anyone: https://unityrecovery.org/digital-recovery-meetings….
- We also recommend reaching out to your local recovery community organization (RCO). Your local RCO may have a wide array of supports they can offer, including remote meetings and remote recovery coaching options that are done online and/or by phone. They may also be able to help you find additional virtual resources beyond what they are providing. To learn more, we recommend you call your local RCO to see what they can provide/assist with. You can find a recovery community organization near you here: http://nhrecoveryhub.org/.
We also wanted to let you know about some additional resources that could be helpful during this time:
- Your local Public Health Network is a great resource for information related to prevention, recovery, and public health more generally. Your local Public Health Network contact has been CC'd on this email.
- For New Hampshire updates on COVID-19, visit nh.gov/covid19. For questions or to report potential symptoms, dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-444-4211.
Regarding the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative, for at least the next two or so weeks, the Recovery Friendly Advisors will be moving to a largely remote work set-up. If we had any meetings scheduled with you, we will reach out to see if you'd like to coordinate a virtual option. If not, we will determine an appropriate time to check back in. This approach seems to be in alignment with the way many of our partners in the initiative will be proceeding as well.
We hope that everyone takes extra good care of themselves during what is a time of adjustment for many. We know that Granite Staters are resilient, caring, and resourceful, and that has become especially apparent in this current situation. If you are impacted by SUD, please don’t hesitate to reach out for the help or support you need – we are here for you!
Samantha Lewandowski, MS | Recovery Friendly Advisor
NH Governor’s Recovery Friendly Workplace | Concord, NH 03301
Direct: (603) 486-9647 | www.recoveryfriendlyworkplace.com
Additional Virtual Resources (all times given are in EST):
· Virtual recovery resources compiled by SAMHSA: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/virtual-recovery-resources.pdf
· SOS Recovery Community Organization has compiled a wonderful page full of information on virtual meetings and services: https://straffordrecovery.org/virtual-meetings/. Some of the supports listed include
o All Recovery meetings that are offered at 7am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, and 11pm 7 days a week (There are also LGBTQ+ and Woman’s All Recovery meetings – see the link for details.)
o Moms in Recovery Mon at 5pm & Dads in Recovery Mon at 1pm
o Family Support meetings that are offered at 8pm 7 days a week (both of these meetings are offered by a collaboration of Unity Recovery, WEconnect Health Management, Alano Club of Portland, and SOS)
o Recovery Planning Groups, which focus on helping people build recovery capital (internal and external resources that assist individuals in their recovery) at 10am and 5pm 7 days a week (hosted by staff at SOS Recovery who are Certified Recovery Support Workers)
o Yoga in Recovery sessions hosted by Yoga in Action on Mon/Wed/Fri at 11am and Thurs at 4pm
o Coaching and telephone recovery supports. To register for coaching or telephone recovery supports, call SOS at 603-841-2350. Their phones are being answered Mon-Sat, 9am-8pm, and Sun, 12pm-4pm. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· RecoveryLink™ is a technologically-informed platform that helps connect users to a wide array of recovery support tools. They are currently working with a variety of partners - WEconnect Health, Alano Club of Portland, Unity Recovery, SOS Recovery, The Recovery Gym, Unity Yoga, Zoom, and Discord - to offer 24/7 FREE access to digital recovery supports during COVID-19. Supports include recovery meetings, physical activities, meditation, and more: https://myrecoverylink.com/digital-recovery-support/.
· To help support individuals in recovery from substance use disorder, Addiction Policy Forum has partnered with CHESS Health to launch the Connections App, a free smartphone app that helps support people in recovery, including through promoting pro-social engagement. You can learn more here: https://www.addictionpolicy.org/connections-app.
· For those in the Greater Manchester area, Makin' It Happen is putting out information on resources, including some on managing stress and anxiety: https://www.mih4u.org/staying-connected-to-your-recovery-during-covid-19/. Hope for New Hampshire Recovery (with locations in Manchester and Berlin) has compiled a great list of virtual resources, including links to a variety of 12-step fellowships, SMART recovery meetings, 3 Principles, and more. Telephone supports are available for members: http://www.hopefornhrecovery.org/.
· RecoverYdia is offering AA meetings 7 days a week at 6:30am, 12pm, and 7pm, and you may also request a Live Peer Support meeting: https://www.recoverydia.com/digital-peer-support.
· Headrest of the Upper Valley notes that, especially during this time, people may feel anxious, lonely, scared, or sad. If you need someone to talk to or know someone who does, please call their 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK. Their trained counselors are here for you.
· Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline and chat available to anyone in the U.S. in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in their national network of crisis centers.
· NAMI New Hampshire is also a great resource for mental health supports. Check out their Facebook page and/or website for more info: https://www.naminh.org/. As Ken Norton, NAMI NH's Executive Director notes, during this time, all of New Hampshire’s 10 community mental health centers will remain open, and "[m]any in-home mental health supports are now occurring by phone, text or other remote devices." Mr. Norton will be doing a Facebook Live session on Thurs, 3/26 at 7pm on how New Hampshire’s mental health supports are evolving to meet current needs, in addition to tips on managing mental health during stressful times. The following article provides further information on the status of mental health supports in NH and tips on self-care: https://bit.ly/FostersMentalHealth.
· Connections Peer Support Center serves adults in the NH Seacoast Region. They will still be operating their free Warmline service for their members during this time. Becoming a member is free, confidential, and easy. Unlike crisis hotlines, a Warmline exists as a resource when someone simply feels the need for contact or support. Their staff is trained in Intentional Peer Support (IPS). To learn more, check out their website: http://connectionspeersupport.org/warm-line/. For a full list of Peer Support Agencies in NH who offer free Warmlines, please visit https://bit.ly/PeerSupportWarmlines.
· The Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, text-based support for those in crisis. To use this resource, just text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Texters can discuss a wide range of issues, including anxiety (including around the Coronavirus), depression, and more. To learn more, check out their website: https://www.crisistextline.org/.
· SAMHSA has also compiled tips for taking care of behavioral health during an infectious disease outbreak: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf.
· Starting Mon, 3/23, Fit Body Transformations will be hosting live virtual group training sessions Mon-Fri at 6am and 9am. They are also hosting live Check-ins Mon/Wed/Fri at 12pm. They also have added pre-recorded workouts that will be available to the public free of charge: https://www.facebook.com/162399617143222/posts/2754840717899086/?d=n.
· If you are interested in learning more about the expansion of insurance coverage for telehealth services, please see the following link: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/medicaid/documents/telehealth-covid19.pdf.
· Last, if you have questions about COVID-19, finding treatment resources, or additional mental health resources or other support services, please call 2-1-1 or visit their website at 211nh.org.
While this is not an exhaustive list of resources, we hope it is helpful. As always, we encourage you to check in with your local community supports, including your local Recovery Community Organization (RCO), which can be looked up on NH Recovery Hub's website (http://nhrecoveryhub.org/), and Public Health Network (PHN) (https://nhphn.org/who-we-are/public-health-networks/) to see what else may be available to you. Your local RCO may be offering their own set of virtual meetings, coaching, and telephone services, and we encourage you to call them to find out what they are offering. Additionally, we plan to highlight additional organizations in future posts.