Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a public health crisis that is affecting all of us, especially the most vulnerable members of our communities like people who use drugs; people in recovery; and people without housing. The Chris Atwood Foundation is dedicated to protecting those we serve as we navigate through these stressful and uncertain times together. Here are some resources and self-care tips you may find helpful:

VIRTUAL RECOVERY PROGRAMS:

*Please note, the following programs are Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) friendly.

 

LifeRing: Secular online meetings of people who share practical experiences and recovery support https://www.lifering.org/online-meetings 

 

In The Rooms - Online Recovery Meetings: Live recovery meetings and discussion groups 

https://www.intherooms.com/home/

 

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery: Offers global community of mutual-support groups, forums including a chat room and message board

https://www.smartrecovery.org/community/

 

Sobergrid: Online platform to help anyone get sober and stay sober 

https://www.sobergrid.com/

 

We Connect Recovery: Daily online recovery groups for those with substance use and mental illness 

https://www.weconnectrecovery.com/free- online-support-meetings

 

Unity Recovery + WEconnect + Alano Club: Daily virtual meetings. https://unityrecovery.org/digital-recovery- meetings

RESOURCES AND SUPPORTS:

The CAF Peer Recovery Specialists: Offer recovery support/coaching; guidance finding food/shelter/employment & more                        

 

Sonya DelVecchio - 703-662-6076

sonya@thecaf.org 

 

Request a free Opioid Overdose Reversal Kit (naloxone) 

Live in Virginia? Just fill out the short confidential order request form and a kit will be sent to you:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeeTshqBpUOhd4EEivs783QsEtLfMMulc5BGdkAtsBcgiurQA/viewform

 

Never Use Alone Hotline: A number you can call when you have no choice but to use alone - If you call (800) 484-3731, an operator will answer your call and stay on the phone with you while you use. They will ask your first name, location, and phone number in order to assist you in case of an overdose.

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-8255

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

 

Nationwide Treatment Locator: 

https://safetreatmentlocator.org/

SELF-CARE & DISTRACTION STRATEGIES

Self-care is very important in maintaining one's mental, physical, emotional health. We often forget to take care of ourselves during stressful times and now, more than ever, it is important to remember that your needs are valid and should be made a priority. Self-care involves doing things to take care of your body, mind, and soul in order to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself.

Our feelings can sometimes become too overwhelming and when this happens we need some activities to distract us from our emotions until we are better able to cope. The purpose of distraction activities is to bring down our emotional state so that we will be better equipped to handle a situation. While the purpose of self-care activities and distraction activities differ, many of the suggestions are similar/overlap. 

EXAMPLES OF SELF-CARE

  • Clean

  • Cook or bake

  • Cross something off your to-do list

  • Exercise

  • Go for a walk

  • Listen to music or a podcast

  • Make art

  • Meditate

  • Play a game

  • Read

  • Practice deep breathing

  • Take a nap

  • Take a bath

  • Yoga

EXAMPLES OF DISTRACTION ACTIVITIES

  • Call a friend

  • Create something

  • Describe your surroundings using your five senses

  • Do a puzzle

  • Do something kind for someone else

  • Focus on a single task

  • Listen to music or a podcast

  • Try something new

  • Watch something funny

PHYSICAL/MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

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703-662-6076

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 9282, Reston, VA 20195

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