For many people in recovery from alcohol addiction, counseling services and alcohol support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous are an important part of maintaining long-term sobriety. These programs provide people with a sense of structure, routine and community in recovery, which often helps reduce the chances of a relapse. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for many of these organizations to hold in-person meetings.
Fortunately, many South Florida counseling clinics are transitioning to easy-to-access teletherapy services that can be conducted in the comfort of one’s home. The same is true for 12-step support groups, who use platforms like Zoom to hold online group meetings each week.
Stress surrounding the coronavirus pandemic has created an even greater need for accessible online mental health services in Florida. According to a recent survey by The Recovery Village, 44% of respondents reported an increase in past-month alcohol use, while 18% reported a significant increase. Additionally, 78% reported that the pandemic has impacted their mental health, with 35% reporting a significant impact. Of the participants, 60% reported that these mental health concerns were not present before the pandemic.