What to do in times like these?
With the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the world has come to a screeching halt. For the first time in our lives, we are witnessing the complete shut down of all public events. There has been the cancellation of NCAA’s March Madness, suspended play of MLB, NBA, NHL, the cancellation of concerts and large events. Public Schools are now being closed. There are now state-wide mandates of no large gatherings. These mandates and suggestions from the CDC can affect many people’s lives and especially those that are suffering from alcoholism and addiction.
Many people in 12-step fellowships are already being cautious and going into self imposed quarantine to decrease the risk of contracting the coronavirus. In the near future groups and meeting halls may decide to shut down as well. There is the very real possibility that people that need to get to a meeting may not be able to have one to go to. The human connection may not be available to the people that really need it.
Fortunately there are other options for people to attend meetings online. There are many recovery groups on social media that people can find the needed support from others in the recovery community. For those well connected in the fellowship, they can communicate with friends, sponsors, and sponsees on the phone. For the times that you want to sit back and enjoy a speaker meeting, there are many different options to find recordings of speaker meetings. This is a time that we are aware of the value that the service of recoveryspeakers.com can have in our community. We have been very happy to provide a massive audio library of varying types of recovery talks. We hope that these recordings help as many people as possible at this time.
Now, most importantly, there is much more to recovery than meetings. Throughout the entirety of the Big Book, it is repeated time after time the importance of enlarging our spiritual life. The book does not stress the importance of getting to a meeting everyday. Meetings are great, they introduce newcomers to the solution, allow us the opportunity to relate and connect with others, to receive help and to be of service to others. But meetings are not the whole program! This could be a great time to amp up your meditation practice, read the book again, go through the steps, finish that inventory that you’ve been sitting on, or make some phone calls to friends you may have lost touch with. Remember to continue to take the actions necessary to stay in fit spiritual condition.
Here is a good reminder from page 85 of the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book:
“It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities. ‘How can I best serve Thee – Thy will (not mine) be done.’ These are thoughts which must go with us constantly. We can excercise our will power along this line all we wish. It is the proper use of the will.”
Below is a collection of some of our favorite speaker talks:
We hope that you enjoy these talks and share them with any friends in need of a meeting!