Recover Together

Together we are stronger

Even when apart, our voices are united. The #RecoveryMovement celebrates the 23 million Americans recovering from addiction, and paves the way for the 20 million still struggling to seek treatment. Our voices matter.
Stand up for recovery

Help put recovery on the map

Whether you are in recovery, know someone in recovery, or are an ally to the movement-you can show your support here. Enter your 5-digit zip code to be included in one of the biggest, most vital movements in our nation’s history. We will add a marker to your area that allows others to see how broad, influential, and powerful recovery is, from coast to coast: a vision of recovery across America. You can click into the map to see the number of supporters near you or in any given location. Let’s put recovery on the map!

Help inspire others to take action and stand up for recovery. Show your support for the recovery movement by sharing on social media.

In or seeking recovery

COVID-19 has changed the way we can gather and meet. Some support group meetings have changed to fully virtual, while other meetings are hybrids-a combination of digital and in-person participants who can all see and hear each other. Since requirements and practices vary by region, we’ve created a locator tool that you can use to find your nearest support group or recovery chapter (e.g. AA or NA). To use the tool, simply enter a zip code into the search bar and choose a support group (e.g. AA). Information for groups closest to that area will be displayed - if no local resources are available, the nearest available resources, e.g. state/national, will be shown instead. Looking for a different group? Try the Online meetings list to find virtual meeting options throughout the globe. There are additional resources that you can connect with, including a Facebook group owned and moderated by the Voices Project. You are not alone.

This map contains links to external resources that are not operated or maintained by Google. To report an inaccuracy or missing resource, email recover-together@google.com

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Additional resources to support your recovery

Online meetings

We have compiled a short list of virtual resources below. Please refer to each meeting group for best practices on how to maintain anonymity (if desired) during virtual meetings. If an online meeting you attend is having issues with hackers, please visit fraudsupport.org for guidance on how to report the hackers and information about how to keep meetings safe.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) https://aa-intergroup.org/
Al-Anon Family Groups https://al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/electronic-meetings/
Cocaine Anonymous https://ca.org/meetings/
Co-Dependents Anonymous https://coda.org/find-a-meeting/online-meetings/
Crystal Meth Anonymous https://www.crystalmeth.org/cma-meetings.html
Families Anonymous https://www.familiesanonymous.org/meetings/virtual-meetings/
Heroin Anonymous https://heroinanonymous.org/covid-19/
LifeRing Secular Recovery https://www.lifering.org/online-meeting-schedule
Marijuana Anonymous https://marijuana-anonymous.org/find-a-meeting/
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) https://na.org/?ID=virtual_meetings
Parents of Addicted Loved Ones https://meetings.palgroup.org/meetings
Partnership to End Addiction https://drugfree.org/article/online-support-community-for-parents-caregivers/
Recovery Dharma https://recoverydharma.online/
Refuge Recovery https://refugerecovery.org/meetings?tsml-day=any&tsml-region=online-english
SMART Recovery https://www.smartrecovery.org/community/
YPR Chapters' All Recovery Meetings http://youngpeopleinrecovery.org/virtual-event-schedule/
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
https://aa-intergroup.org/
Cocaine Anonymous
https://ca.org/meetings/
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
https://na.org/?ID=virtual_meetings
Parents of Addicted Loved Ones
https://meetings.palgroup.org/meetings
YPR Chapters' All Recovery Meetings
http://youngpeopleinrecovery.org/virtual-event-schedule/

Veterans alcohol self-management program

VetChange is a free and confidential online self-management program for active duty military and Veterans who are concerned about their drinking following military deployment. It can help you to build skills to better manage your drinking and PTSD symptoms. Visit vetchange.org to learn more about your alcohol use and develop a personalized plan to stop drinking or cut back.

Many people in recovery listen to podcasts to support their journeys. Below are a handful of options that you may enjoy.
ODAAT Chat recovery podcast https://odaatchat.com/
Recovery Elevator https://www.recoveryelevator.com/podcasts/
Recovery Happy Hour https://www.recoveryhappyhour.com/
Recovery Radio https://recoveryradionetwork.podcastpeople.com/
Seltzer Squad https://www.seltzersquad.com/
The Naked Mind https://thisnakedmind.libsyn.com/
That Sober Guy https://www.thatsoberguy.com/
The Bubble Hour https://www.blogtalkradio.com/bubblehour
XA Speakers https://xa-speakers.org/pafiledb.php
ODAAT Chat recovery podcast
https://odaatchat.com/

Managing Recovery while physically distanced

Everyone comes to recovery for different reasons, and not everybody’s path is the same, but connection and sharing resources both play a critical role in many people’s recovery. The need for CDC-recommended "social distancing" in response to the COVID-19 health crisis can have a significant impact on people’s ability to access those supports. Fortunately, many groups, recovery community organizations, and nonprofits have moved their resources online. Here are some of the things you can do from your browser:

  • Instead of an in-person meeting, find a virtual group with our interactive map
  • Try a guided meditation or new yoga pose with a top-rated app
  • Listen to a positive recovery message on YouTube
  • Connect with other people in recovery on a message board or friends group
  • Read about someone else’s recovery journey
  • Learn to mix a mocktail or make yourself a delicious treat
  • Register to vote and catch up on recovery related voting issues

What to expect when you attend your first meeting

Many people attend recovery meetings as a way to support their recovery journeys. Often, people have some nervous feelings about their first few recovery meetings. Just being willing to show up is a win! Virtual meetings may ease those initial stressful feelings, since you have the option to leave your camera off, which means other people can’t see your face. You can also choose your user name: most people use their first name and location. The way you introduce yourself is based on your comfort level. If you would rather not share anything about yourself, you can put “just listening” in your user name.

When you enter the group, the moderator or another group member will probably greet you by name. This is to make you feel at home. Often, people show up a few minutes early to socialize, check in, and say hello. Although it may seem like the other people in the group already know each other, that’s not necessarily true. The recovery community is supportive and friendly, even with strangers. You may choose to say hello in the chat box or just keep quiet. If you’re invited to take part, feel free to say no: including new people is how many groups try to make them feel like they’re wanted and welcome.

Each group has a different format, but usually there is a greeting, some reading or a short talk by a person in recovery, and time for sharing. Some groups use prayer; others might try a meditation from a particular spiritual book. There are hundreds of recovery communities and thousands of groups to choose from. If you don’t feel welcome in one, keep looking. Many organizations offer directories of their meetings with specific types of groups, such as:

  • LGBTQ and trans-specific meetings
  • Latinx groups, Indigenous groups, and groups in languages other than English
  • Black meetings
  • Gender-specific meetings for people who identify as men or women
  • Military/veteran specific meetings
  • Meetings that use a particular faith tradition or tool, such as “recovering Catholics”
  • Speaker meetings, which do not include time for open sharing

Recovery meetings tend to focus on health, wellness, and self care. Group participants usually don’t speak directly to each other, make suggestions, talk politics, or tell each other what to do. The point is to be together, listen, and support one another. After the meeting, the moderator may leave the chat room open for additional socializing. Some members trade contact information. Use your best judgment and be smart about giving out your phone number or email. The same guidelines of “meeting at a party” apply here, too. If you don’t like one meeting, or another group member sounds abrasive or unpleasant, you don’t have to go back! Just move on to the next one until you find a group that resonates with you.

Your recovery is as unique as you are. Try every tool until you discover what works best for you. Whether you find peace of mind on the yoga mat, in a virtual meeting, or helping others, you are sure to discover a recovery community that honors and supports you on this path.

Voices for recovery

Many voices, one message

Voices for recovery

Many voices, one message

One in fourteen Americans is in recovery from addiction. A group of them, ranging from a Google employee to a Vietnam-era veteran to a high schooler, shared their stories of addiction and recovery to help break the stigma and end the silence.
Musicians for recovery

Macklemore's recovery journey

Musicians for recovery

Macklemore's recovery journey

Well-known musician and songwriter Macklemore shares his personal story of struggling with addiction and finding the help that led him to long-term recovery.
MusiCares recognizes the unique challenges that music professionals face with mental health and addiction. MusiCares provides a vital Addiction Recovery Program offering an array of services for music people at any stage of their career. Learn more about MusiCares here.

Anyone can support the recovery movement

With your words

The leaders of the modern recovery movement ask us all to be thoughtful with the words we use around addiction and recovery. Some common terms, even those historically used by those in recovery, can reinforce stigma and even discourage people struggling with addiction from seeking treatment. Here are some that label people or inadvertently pass judgment, with advice on how to replace them with objective descriptions of symptoms or behaviors.
Old Term Replace with
Addict/Alcoholic/Junkie a person with, or suffering from, addiction or substance use disorder.
Lapse/Relapse/Slip neutral terms such as “resumed,” or experienced a “recurrence” of symptoms.
Clean terms like “in remission or recovery”
Dirty a person having positive test results or exhibiting symptoms of substance use disorder
Old Term
Addict/Alcoholic/Junkie
Replace with
a person with, or suffering from, addiction or substance use disorder.
Old Term
Lapse/Relapse/Slip
Replace with
neutral terms such as “resumed,” or experienced a “recurrence” of symptoms.
Old Term
Clean
Replace with
terms like “in remission or recovery”
Old Term
Dirty
Replace with
a person having positive test results or exhibiting symptoms of substance use disorder

With your time

Young People in Recovery has drafted a blueprint on how to provide support for those in or seeking recovery at a local level. It identifies eight facets to making communities "recovery ready" and in each section, we highlight a small fraction of the many organizations working toward that aspect.
Recovery

Prevention

Research conducted by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control indicates that early prevention can positively affect outcomes and steer young people away from developing a substance use disorder.

Who’s Helping: The Hanley Foundation provides substance abuse prevention and education programs for parents, caregivers, and school-age children.

Treatment

Treatment works in achieving long-term recovery outcomes, and multiple evidence-based approaches to treating addiction are out there.

Who’s Helping: National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) provides leadership, advocacy, training, and member support services to ensure the availability and highest quality of addiction treatment.

Harm Reduction

In cases where abstinence is not an achievable goal, there are still ways of improving health outcomes and reducing risk.

Who’s Helping: The Harm Reduction Coalition is focused on the implementation of harm reduction policies, practices, and programs that address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose.

Judicial and Law Enforcement

Programs such as treatment courts, substance disorder programs in jails and prisons, and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion.

Who’s Helping: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) National Support Bureau supports an alternative harm-reduction intervention model in dozens of jurisdictions across the United States.

Housing

Supportive, safe, and accountable housing is an essential component of successful recovery.

Who’s Helping: National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR) is working to ensure recovery residences are adhering to best practices and are offering safe, suitable housing for their clients.

Education

People in recovery, especially younger ones, benefit from equitable and fair access to education, including recovery high schools and collegiate recovery support.

Who’s Helping: Transforming Youth Recovery supports on-campus collegiate recovery programs. Association of Recovery Schools is an association of schools designed specifically for students in recovery from substance use disorder or dependency. Association of Recovery and Higher Education represents collegiate recovery programs and communities.

Employment

Job-readiness training for those in recovery, combined with opportunities to gain stable and gainful employment can further support and empower those in recovery.

Who’s Helping: Foundation for Recovery works not only within its own community of Las Vegas, but also nationwide to promote the concept of recovery-friendly workplaces.

Recovery Support

A broad spectrum of services that can be provided through treatment, aftercare, and community-based programs led by behavioral health care providers, peer providers, family members, friends and social networks, the faith community, and people with lived experience in recovery.

Who’s Helping: The Phoenix offers a free sober active community to individuals who have struggled with a substance use disorder and to those who choose a sober life. The Faces and Voices of Recovery group are mentors of the movement, and work in a broad range of areas – from stigma-reduction campaigns to recovery research. The Recovery Research Institute is a non-profit research institute dedicated to the advancement of addiction treatment and recovery. Center on Addiction is committed to supporting the whole family as they address every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery. National Council for Behavioral Health is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The Wellbriety Movement is an organization that specializes in recovery support for Native American communities.

Stand up for recovery

Help us end silence and inspire recovery with your voice. Whether you’re in recovery, an ally to the movement, a family member, or a survivor of substance use disorder, you count.
#StandUpForRecovery