CRISIS AND HELP LINES Food or other services (Kalamazoo) call: 211 or Text: 898-211 Crisis Phone Number (Kalamazoo): 381-HELP Crisis Text (National): 741741 Mental Health Concerns (Kalamazoo) call: 269-373-6000 National Help Line 1-800-662-HELP (4357) https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline SAMHSA’s National Helpline TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information. ONLINE MEETINGS & SUPPORT GROUPS
12 Step Groups (listed alphabetically):
Alcoholics Anonymous or AA On-Line: http://www.aa-intergroup.org/directory.php [Utilizes ZOOM.] This includes meetings, chats and other forums. Alcoholics Anonymous is an international mutual aid fellowship with the stated purpose of enabling its members to "stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety." AA is nonprofessional, self-supporting, and apolitical. Its only membership requirement is a desire to stop drinking. Gays and Lesbians in Alcoholics Anonymous: http://gal-aa.org/ [For Online: http://aa-intergroup.org/ihttps://www.12step.org/ndex.phpUtilizes ZOOM] They welcome and embrace anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ in the AA fellowship for meetings, providing that extra little bit of helpful support. They also feature a newsletter and plenty of resources (such as city updates and personal stories for inspiration) for those who want some additional information online.
Miscellaneous 12 Step On-Line Groups: https://www.12step.org The meetings for 12 step groups originally took place (and still do) in physical buildings like churches, hospitals, schools, mission houses or any place that freely allow such meetings. Over the years, with improving technology and especially with the advent of the internet, the meeting venues have expanded to also include online meetings or tele-meetings (meetings on a shared phone line). The online meetings may take place using different means of communications like text-only chat, voice or video (e.g., Skype).
Narcotics Anonymous On-Line: https://virtual-na.org/ All the meetings on the Virtual NA meetings lists are sorted by language and day of the week. The meeting times are based on local device time. Narcotics Anonymous describes itself as a "nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem". Narcotics Anonymous uses a traditional 12-step model that has been expanded and developed for people with varied substance abuse issues and is the second-largest 12-step organization.
Kalamazoo County: Local On-Line Meetings (Thanks to ODAAT - One Day at a Time Groups in Portage MI) ODAAT 7 AM Zoom Meeting – 7 Days per week https://us04web.zoom.us/j/185849409 Meeting ID: 185 849 409 One tap mobile +19292056099,,185849409# US (New York) +13126266799,,185849409# US (Chicago) ODAAT 10 AM Weekend Zoom Meeting – Sat & Sun https://us04web.zoom.us/j/121360169 Meeting ID: 121 360 169 One tap mobile +19292056099,,121360169# US (New York) +13126266799,,121360169# US (Chicago) ODAAT Noon Zoom Meeting – 7 Days per week https://us04web.zoom.us/j/858796664 Meeting ID: 858 796 664 One tap mobile +13126266799,,858796664# US (Chicago) +19292056099,,858796664# US (New York) ODAAT 4 PM Weekday Meeting - Monday-Friday https://us04web.zoom.us/j/963197364 Meeting ID: 963 197 364 One tap mobile +13126266799,,963197364# US (Chicago) +19292056099,,963197364# US (New York) ODAAT 5:00/5:30 PM Zoom Meeting 5:30 M-F , 5:00 Sat & Sun https://us04web.zoom.us/j/568793726 Meeting ID: 568 793 726 One tap mobile +13126266799,,568793726# US (Chicago) +19292056099,,568793726# US (New York) ODAAT 7 PM Zoom Meeting - 7 Days per week https://us04web.zoom.us/j/868559499 Meeting ID: 868 559 499 One tap mobile +19292056099,,868559499# US (New York) +13126266799,,868559499# US (Chicago) ODAAT Weekend Women’s Zoom Meeting – Sat & Sun https://us04web.zoom.us/j/114509117 Meeting ID: 114 509 117 One tap mobile +19292056099,,114509117# US (New York) +13126266799,,114509117# US (Chicago) Dial from your location +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) Add Meeting ID from above Find your local number: https://us04web.zoom.us/u/fbmNxeL94M Mental Health On-Line Recovery and Supports (listed alphabetically): Anxiety & Depression Association of America: https://adaa.org/adaa-online-support-group[Join by entering your email address] ADAA’s anonymous peer-to-peer online anxiety and depression support group (now with more than 20,000 subscribers from around the world) is a friendly, safe and supportive place for individuals and their families to share information and experiences. As a member you can connect with other people experiencing anxiety and depression and related disorders, contribute to ongoing conversations or start your own conversation with a question or a post about your journey. Depression and Bi-PolarSupport [DBSA online support groups are being offered for existing members only at this time!) Turn2Me Online Support:https://turn2me.org/group-supports Turn2me hosts Online Support Groups on Anxiety, Suicidal Thoughts & Feelings, Depression, Stress Management and General Mental Health issues. You can book a Support Group today!
Alternative Addiction Recovery On-Line Approaches (Listed Alphabetically)
Cafe Re`: https://www.recoveryelevator.com/cafere/[Access Recovery Oriented Podcasts] Café RE is a community of like-minded individuals who are working together to achieve a new life. Quitting drinking alone is nearly impossible, but when surrounded by others who seek the same goal, you’re giving yourself a chance. The Café RE Facebook groups are private and unsearchable which means that only members of the community can see who’s in the groups and what is being said.
Dual Diagnosis Support: https://dualdiagnosis.org/support-groups/[Live Chat] The addiction recovery process is sometimes described in mystical terms. People who get sober often say that they “hit bottom,” “change their lives” and make connections with “something bigger.” They do more than simply put down the bottle or throw away the pills. They come to a new understanding about how life should be lived, and what role they should play in a life that’s both healthy and happy.
Hello Sunday Morning: https://www.hellosundaymorning.org/ Since 2010, Hello Sunday Morning has grown to be the largest online movement for alcohol behaviour change in the world. For those that need extra support to change, we have developed an alcohol support app called Daybreak. It is the world’s leading online support community of people working together to change their relationship with alcohol in an anonymous, safe, and secure environment.
If you are seeking information to help a loved one who is addicted and needs immediate help, please click the “Seeking Help” icon. Friends, family and loved ones are all welcome to support the members of the InTheRooms,com network. We have Live Online Video Meetings for Alanon and Naranon every week for your support. You can create your own profile and experience all the benefits that all of our members enjoy as well as connect with other friends in recovery and their families that provides an invaluable online network of support for you and your family.
LGBTteetotaler: https://lgbtteetotaler.com/ Started in 2016 by fellow The Temper contributor Tracy Murphy, this community involves a secret Facebook group that serves as a confidential place for queer, trans, and questioning folks who are sober, in recovery, or sober curious to share together. Sometimes, you just need a community that gets you on several levels. LGBTteetotaler can provide that boost of extra confidence.
LifeRing: https://www.lifering.org/ [to access the online meetings use the meeting calendar (above) and click on the meeting that you want to go to:
For Text Meetings (Adobe Connect) - A pop-up window will appear with the meeting link enclosed. Click on the link an Adobe screen will appear and click “Enter as a Guest” selection. Type in your chat name and Adobe Connect will open up a new window where your meeting will take place. If you are new or Adobe has updated their meeting software, you may be asked to download “Adobe Connect Add-in”. Do so and the meeting will open up in a new window. As a general rule, come a little bit early to your first chat meeting and make sure your internet connection is alive and well and the software installation has time to install.
For the voice/video meetings (Zoom Meetings) - a pop-up window will appear with the meeting link enclosed. You can make a phone call, using the phone number provided in the meeting popup, or make use of your computer's microphone and speakers. For the video option, make sure your camera is connected and turned on. If you are new to Zoom, you will be asked to download a bit of software. Do so and the meeting will open up in a new window. Again, come a little bit early to your first Voice/video meeting and make sure things work correctly.
LifeRing is “an abstinence-based, worldwide network” of people who want to live without drugs or alcohol. It’s a self-directed group (meaning members help to lead meetings and direct the theme of the discussions) with sober and secular people that has in-person meetings, online chat rooms for support, and other resources for those who want to develop, refine, and share their personal strategies for abstinence.
Refuge Recovery (Now known as Recovery Dharma OnLine): https://sites.google.com/view/refugerecoverylive/home We get together online for meetings, workshops, and inter-sangha business. Some of us say around after the closing to hangout in the Virtual Parking Lot for fellowship. For some of us, this is our primary recovery community. For others, it supplements the meetings available to us locally. Recovery Dharma ONLINE is a thriving and robust community of Recovery Dharma members from around the world. We meet up at Online/Phone meetings and stay in contact between events. The fruit of this effort is a growing community of meetings driven by Spiritual Friends. We support each other on our paths of recovery.
SMART Recovery Groups: https://www.smartrecovery.org/ [Utilizes ZOOM Online registration and meeting schedule available] Self Management and Recovery Training philosophy is largely focused on using cognitive behavioral therapy to change bad habits surrounding alcohol use disorder, eating disorders, sex addictions, and more
Sober Mommies Support: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OfficialSoberMommies/ This is an official support group for Sober Mommies, Inc. - sobermommies.com. Sober Mommies, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 dedicated to providing a safe, understanding, judgment-free support system for mothers in and contemplating recovery from substance use/misuse. Our mission is to empower women to reach their full recovery and parenting potential through peer-to-peer support and mentorship. Our groups offer support, resources, and encouragement to women balancing recovery and parental responsibilities; while providing opportunities to build their recovery tribe.
Sober Grid: https://www.sobergrid.com/ SoberGrid might just be the answer. The free iOS/Android app can connect you to other sober people all across the world. It’s a great way to get to know others in your neighborhood—or anywhere else!—to help build your sober community. One of the best features of the app was extra support during the holidays thanks to a “Burning Desire” button that allowed a user to alert others in the area that they need help when temptation arises.
Southwest Michigan behavioral health phone app.https://app.mystrength.com/signup/Code: SWMBH You can create an account here and gain access to many apps for depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD and addiction.