For members in recovery from an alcohol or substance use disorder, public restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic can pose unique threats and challenges to an established recovery plan.
To support continued recovery during these unprecedented times, beginning Monday, April 20, we will offer IAFF online recovery meetings for members coping with or in recovery from an alcohol or substance use problem. Meetings are hosted through an external, web-based platform. You can choose to participate with video or with audio only and do not need to provide any identifying information to participate in the meeting. We are not monitoring or tracking who participates in the meeting.
These peer-led meetings are intended to provide a supportive space for individuals to share their experience, strength and hope with other brothers and sisters interested in recovery. Online recovery meetings embrace multiple pathways to recovery, including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), SMART recovery, harm reduction and medication assisted treatment.
Online meetings provide an alternative to in-person meetings and offer support, accountability and connection to other members who want to live without alcohol or drugs.
Meetings are 60 minutes and begin with a review of ground rules. Meetings are delivered in two formats:
- Speaker Meetings focus on the recovery testimonial of one to three speakers who have agreed to share their story. Speaker meetings are not an opportunity for individual participation and are designed for larger groups.
- Small Group Meetings begin with a brief discussion on a specific theme, then individual participants have a time-limited opportunity to share how they relate to the theme or to check in with the group. Small group meetings are designed for 25-50 participants.
You do not need to sign up or register in advance. Visit our behavioral health resources for current meeting schedules and links, as well as other resources. Meeting links and passwords may change occasionally.
Stay updated on all our COVID-19 resources and guidance for IAFF members at www.iaff.org/coronavirus.