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HOPE and HEALING During COVID-19 Outbreak – Online Meetings and other helpful resources

Substance Use and Covid-19: A Way Forward Virtual Town Hall July 29, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

The Department of Health and Human Services invites you to a New England Virtual Town Hall with the U.S. Surgeon General, VADM Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, entitled Substance Use and COVID-19: A Way Forward.

This virtual, live New England Town Hall is designed to help our region chart a way forward with renewed momentum for addressing substance use during this time of COVID-19. VADM Adams will offer a powerful message about how to safely continue our “all of community” work on substance use during COVID-19. This Town Hall will allow us to listen and discuss best practices for prevention, rescue, treatment and recovery from substance use during these challenging times, with a focus on health equity.

The Town Hall will occur virtually via the Zoom platform, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

All are welcome to participate in this unique opportunity to engage the U.S. Surgeon General on topics that are important to you. Please also feel free to share this invitation with New England organizations working in the fields of substance use prevention, rescue, treatment and recovery; health disparities and health equity; public health; clinical health/medical service delivery; infectious disease—including COVID-19; consumer organizations; social services; and any other related fields.

The Massachusetts Organization of Addiction Recovery (MOAR) Presented the “Western MA Addiction Policy and COVID-19 Forum” on May 13th. Though the forum is over, you can view the forum on the MOAR website.


Support is still available to those in need despite the restrictions on social gathering in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.
We encourage all in need at this time – and those whose meetings have been temporarily suspended – to visit the following resources to find online meetings, phone meetings and even online chat functions to maintain support in recovery.

-CopeCode Challenge

Social distancing is important in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but staying home is not always fun or easy. During these stressful times, it is more important than ever to take care of ourselves and those around us. CopeCode Club is a campaign that supports Boston youth in identifying healthy ways to cope with feelings that stressful situations like the COVID-19 response produce. Over the next several weeks, you will be invited to join others across the city in practicing positive coping skills from the comfort of your own home. Check out the challenge here!

SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
continues to offer its National Help Line for any in need of help! A great resource to find available services, especially during these difficult times.
SAMHSA National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
or find treatments online!

Other Helpful Online Recovery Tools:

Never Alone Again – Online AA Meetings/Downtown Boston Groups – online meeting 24/7 – find online/phone meetings  – online meetings for narcotics recovery

Prevention, protection and safety for those in recovery during COVID-19

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

What people with a substance use disorder need to know about COVID-19

Addiction Policy Forum’s additional advised precautions for those in recovery

Read the latest newsletter from the Office of Risk Management on the Addiction Epidemic

Sunday during Lent 2020 (temporarily suspended due to health concerns)
5pm Mass for Hope and Healing
St. Joseph Parish, Boston
Mass and prayer service for those struggling with addiction and their loved ones.

News Feed:

COVID-19:Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
NIH, April 6, 2020

Liturgy Series focuses on addiction recovery
Jaqueline Tetrault, Boston Pilot, 08/24/2018

Archdiocese hosts addiction recovery workshop
Mark Labbe, Boston Pilot, 11/3/2017

Brookline parish forum explores opiate crises
Mark Labbe, Boston Pilot, 3/11/2016