The COVID-19 situation can be extremely anxiety provoking for all of us but especially for those in early recovery. This might be exacerbated by people unable to attend their normal support group meetings or other recovery supports. We are sharing a short list of resources that may be helpful for you patients or other people in recovery. For BMC-specific information operations, please see the BMC website.
We will continue to add to this list. If you come across helpful information specific to populations with substance use and/or homelessness, please email email@example.com, and we will be happy to update the website.
General Substance Use Disorder Resources:
Note: SAMHSA has expanded take-home capacity for OTPs in light of COVID-19. They have also issued guidance on the exemptions to 42 CFR Part 2 in light of public health emergency, as determined by the provider. SAMHSA also has FAQs regarding methadone and buprenorphine.
- Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation
- Providing Medication for Opioid Use Disorder via Telemedicine
- Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19 with webinars and resources from MHTTC, PCSS, ATTC and ORN
ASAM has developed a database of COVID-19 Resources including information on support groups, telehealth access, and infection mitigation.
The CDC has shared some information on Mental Health and Coping during COVID-19. They also have information for how emergency responders can take care of themselves.
National Center for PTSD’s Managing COVID-19 Stress
The Harm Reduction Coalition has released COVID-19 Guidance for People Who Use Drugs and for Harm Reduction Programs
MCSTAP operates a free consultation service for providing remote care for individuals with co-occurring pain and substance use disorder: 1-833-724-6783 (Hours: Monday-Friday, 9AM - 5PM)
Resources for Individuals:
Hilary Connery from McLean developed information on recovery of substance users during the coronavirus outbreak
Yale has released Guidance for People Who Use Substances on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
Hazelden Betty Ford has tips for staying connected and safeguarding your recovery individuals going to meetings or considering skipping.
Lawyers for Civil Rights has shared a tipsheet with answers to legal questions or concerns related to COVID-19, including medical support, food security, and drivers' licenses.
Free sober active community The Phoenix is offering free live workout classes.
Support After a Death by Overdose (SADOD) has a list of resources for how to get help where grief and COVID-19 intersect.
The CDC has issued Interim Guidance for responding to Coronavirus among People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness.
The Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):
- Website specifically for COVID-19
- Infectious Disease Toolkit for Homeless Shelters and Continuum of Care Sites
- Recorded March 10 Webinar on Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Partners
A report from National Alliance to End Homelessness aims to establish the potential mortality and hospitalization costs associated with COVID-19 infection among the homeless population in the United States.
Virtual Support Meetings:
Find a list of virtual recovery meetings for every time at every day of the week.
SMART Recovery Online Community
- Chat Rooms
- Message Boards
- Online Meetings
- Online Library
Alcoholics Anonymous Intergroup
- Online meetings and resources
- Updates on COVID-19
- CHESS Health Has New Free Recovery App, Connections App
- Sober Grid - App Store
- Celebrate Recovery - App Store
- Smart Recovery
- Meeting Guide
- NA Meeting Search
- Recovery Path
Narcotics Anonymous Online Meetings:
- Narcotics Anonymous Online Meetings
- Never Alone Club
- NA By Phone Meeting Schedule
- Worldwide NA
Marijuana Anonymous Online Meetings
Boston Emergency Services Team - 1-800-981-4375
- 24/7 AT HOME support for mental health crises
Western Mass Recovery Learning Community Peer-Support Warm Lines - Supportive phone lines for talking
Family Support Meetings
SAMHSA National Helpline 1-800-662-4357
- Information and resources for recovery
- Treatment referrals
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990