The Sanford Library of Virtual Recovery Resources

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Sanford’s use of telehealth to continue to provide virtual treatment services and support is receiving favorable reviews by many clients. Individuals who are feeling housebound and disconnected are expressing gratitude for the groups and individual services we are providing. Our clients say they look forward to telehealth sessions to connect with others and gain emotional support for their recovery. 


Virtual Recovery Resources

Long before “social distancing” became the new lifestyle, Sanford was providing online resources to assist those who had difficulty or barriers in attending in-person meetings. Lists of online resources such as online meetings, apps, podcasts and other recovery resources have always been a regular part of continuing care planning for individuals and families at Sanford. This article is designed to share resources which are available for support and education for persons in recovery. 


The following is a list of meetings and groups to help you get started in finding support online:

Alcoholics Anonymous – AA  

Information on digital platforms and all things COVID-19


Listing of online 12-step meetings on various recovery-related websites – set up a profile and get started.

Al-Anon Electronic Meetings

Electronic meetings, like all Al‑Anon meetings, offer help and hope to anyone who is affected by alcoholism in a family member or friend

Narcotics Anonymous – NA

This forum and recovery chat room for Narcotics Anonymous members features voice chat, Skype, and text chat meetings connecting people from around the world. 

Alcoholics Anonymous Online Intergroup 

Listing of online meetings from AA Intergroup. 

Smart Recovery Calendar

Smart Recovery Community

Message board, chat room, online meetings, and online library supporting Smart Recovery. 

Adult Children of Alcoholics 

Phone and online meetings and workshops. 

In The Rooms

An online platform supporting a wide range of 12-step and non-12 step meetings and community activities.

Bridge Club Virtual Meetings

Bridge Club is a community-led peer support group for women, LGBTQ+, and gender non-conforming folks who are sober or interested in sobriety.

Refuge Recovery Online Meetings 

Listing of daily online meetings – Refuge Recovery is grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for a path to freedom from addiction

Families Anonymous Virtual Meetings

Online meetings for parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, significant others, other family members and friends of those with a current, suspected or former drug problem. 

Life Ring Recovery 

Listing of online meetings – an organization of people who share practical experiences and sobriety support.

My Recovery 

Online 12-step meetings – recovery happens in community.

Sober Grid 

A free  iOS/Android app that connects you with other sober people. Available in mobile app stores.


In addition, the following websites provide a wealth of information about addiction and recovery:

Excursions – Living Well in Recovery

Sanford’s long-standing online resource for articles on recovery stories, the science of addiction and more.

Selected papers of William L. White

This website is fascinating not only for its extensive well-written blogs, but also state-of-the-art information on recovery and addiction


Shatterproof is a national nonprofit dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the United States

Sober Nation

Sober Nation provides valuable resources for individuals through blogs, articles, videos and sober stories

Reach Out Recovery

Provides addiction education, information and support for healthy living

The Temper 

An online publication/site that explores life through the lens of sobriety, addiction, and recovery. Includes links to resources 

The Fix

An edgy website containing the latest in addiction and recovery news


National websites providing the latest in research and education on mental health and addiction. Check out NIDA’s director, Nora Volkow, MD, as she demonstrates how drug addiction is a disease of the human brain.


Another popular source of information are podcasts. Podcasts must have the podcast app downloaded loaded first. Google these podcast names for links.

The Bubble Hour

Busy Living Sober

The Addicted Mind Podcast

ODAAT Chat Podcast

The Sober Guy Podcast

Breaking Free:  Your Recovery, Your Way

A Sober Girl’s Guide

Recovery Happy Hour


Additionally, when downloading apps, the following have also been instrumental in assisting persons in recovery:

Twelve Step Companion App

Inspirations: Daily Meditations for Persons in Recovery

Sober Time

Sober Tool

Turn-Addiction and Recovery

Twenty Four Hours a Day


It’s not virtual, but if you are looking for a good old-fashioned addiction/recovery book, here are some suggestions:

Broken by William Cope Moyers

The Recovery Book by Al Mooney

First Year Sobriety by Guy Kettelhack

Clean by David Sheff

Her Best Kept Secret by Gabrielle Glaser

Guts by Kristen Johnston

Lit by Mary Karr

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

Addiction and Grace by Gerald G. May

Passages through Recovery by Terrence T. Gorski

Terry: My Daughter’s Life and Death Struggle with Alcoholism by George McGovern

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Clegg

Navigating Grace by Jeff Jay


Lastly, if you are seeking some good recovery-themed music, check out this extensive list on the William White website:

Recovery themed music – recommended by William White


The above list captures many of the online resources for connection and support, but is by no means exhaustive in the wealth of sources available. The online recovery community is a wonderful movement and is changing the way we view addiction, connection and recovery. Here is hoping this list provides encouragement and help during these challenging times and beyond!



Disclaimer: Inclusion or mention of a resource does not imply endorsement by Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers. Sanford provides the information herein “as is” without warranties of any kind. Sanford makes no representations including without limitation warranties as to accuracy, timeliness, completeness or fitness for any purpose of any link to information contained on other sites, nor is Sanford liable to the user for any damage whatsoever.  

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Marilyn Spiller is a writer, sober coach, recovery advocate, and student of the world (she also holds a BA in English). Nine years sober herself, she penned one of the first sobriety blogs, "Waking Up the Ghost" in 2013. The blog garnered an international following, allowing Marilyn to communicate with thousands of folks in all stages of recovery. Marilyn is Sanford's Director of Marketing and serves as Editor-In-Chief for the Sanford online magazine, Excursions. She also developed and hosts the podcast Anatomy of Addiction and is Vice President of the Board, JACK Mental Health Advocacy.