How do 12-step Recovery Meetings Function during the Pandemic?

The continued spread of CoVID-19 throughout the country has necessitated extended closure of businesses and spaces associated with social gatherings, including 12-step recovery clubhouses. While this has hampered members of 12-step recovery groups in their ability to congregate and share in the traditional fashion, the ingenuity and indomitable spirit of the human race has overcome this obstacle just as we will eventually overcome the virus itself. AA, NA, CA...all of these groups have continued on through various alternatives to regular meetings at clubhouses.

Many clubhouses have reopened with new social distancing guidelines and mask requirements in place. This is an ideal method of continuing your participating in your chosen 12-step recovery group, as nothing quite compares to in-person human interaction. You can assist your homegroup and secure your clubhouse in its reopening by enforcing these social distancing and mask policies at each meeting, as a violation of these conditions could result in the clubhouse being closed down by your local government.

If your local clubhouse has not yet reopened, or if you feel unsafe attending in-person meetings, there are a plethora of virtual 12-step meetings taking place over online videoconferencing platforms such as Skype or Zoom. These services have become household names as most businesses transitioned to a remote work model for their employees. While virtual meetings do not offer quite the same benefits as the traditional in-person variety, they are vastly superior to letting your recovery program languish while you remain at home.

It is crucial you maintain your commitment to a 12-step program of recovery regardless of the obstacles life throws your way. While the current pandemic poses a substantial health risk for many Americans both in and out of recovery, there are alternatives available to you so you may continue to attend weekly recovery meetings and remain in contact with your sober support network. At Evolutions Treatment Center, we have established mitigation strategies throughout our continuum of care including our outpatient programs If you feel as though your sobriety may benefit from some additional support during this trying time, call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 and inquire as to available in our outpatient programs.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit