During this difficult time, it is even more important to make our wellness a top priority, especially for those in treatment and recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). Check out the resources below for individuals with SUD and their families as we cope during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Stay on top of the COVID-19 latest alerts and research from trusted sources:
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Center of Disease Control
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Online Resources to Support Your Recovery: Attached you will find a list of online recovery resources, including online meetings, apps, and helplines.
- The Front Door Recovery Meeting: The Front Line Initiative would like to welcome all those in recovery or seeking recovery to join our weekly Thursday night gathering from 7pm-8pm. This meeting typically held at the Tewksbury PD has moved virtual during this time of social distancing. We invite anyone who feels the desire to join. The meeting can hold up to 100 people.
- Veterans – Peer Specialists – March 2020 Newsletter: Many Veterans are trying to live/maintain recovery of some sort. In this climate we find the opportunities to interact, socialize, or get information are dwindling. This newsletter gives pointers on staying connected while we practice social distancing.
Treatment and Supportive Services: Treatment and support for SUD does not stop during a public health epidemic. Many SUD and recovery treatment providers are switching to phone screenings and tele-medicine platforms as a means to continue providing services for their clients. Call you current provider(s) if you have questions about your upcoming appointments and/or how their services may or may not be impacted by COVID-19. Many providers are still accepting new clients; if you are interested in starting with a new treatment provider, call them directly to ask if they are accepting new clients during this time.
- Taking Care of Your Emotional Health: Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing.
- Manage Anxiety and Stress: Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
- Free Virtual and Live Stream Exercise Classes: The Phoenix is offering FREE online classes, including meditation, yoga, and body-weight.
High Risk Populations
- Free Online Events: This blog post contains a list of free online events, including drawing lessons, music performances, games, and tours.
- Move your body with this fun name-based activity!