CORONAVIRUS, MEETING CLOSURES & ONLINE MEETINGS

The Ohio governor has issued a stay at home order effective MONDAY MARCH 23 at 11:59pm through Monday April 6 at 11:59pm. All NA meetings in Ohio will be required to close during this time.

Assume you will not be able to make it to an in person meeting during this time.  What you can do:

  • Join us in our local virtual meetings. You can join from a landline, your cell phone, smartphone, or computer – we have over 25 local virtual meetings and more every day
  • Visit https://virtual-na.org for a list of global online recovery meetings
  • If you need to talk to an addict in recovery, call our 24/7 Helpline at 614-252-1700
  • Download free recovery literature

Click here for a PDF schedule of local Virtual Meetings you can print, updated 3/27/20.

Click here for an online schedule of locally hosted Virtual Meetings.

 

Our Area Office is currently closed.  Events are being postponed or canceled as well.  Check the Events page for our most current information.

 

Some information that our community of recovering addicts might find helpful:

  • The State of Ohio is under a Stay at Home order effective March 23 – April 6.  Ohioans are required to stay at home, but allowed exceptions for essential needs, such as medical care, going to work at an essential government service or business, going to the grocery store, getting restaurant carryout. Playgrounds are closed but parks remain open and people are encouraged to get outside exercise — with the proper social distancing.
  • Schools closed for three weeks beginning Monday afternoon, March 16; the closure may be extended, so pay attention to the news as new developments are reported
  • OSU spring break is extended to March 22, after which virtually all classes will be taught online for the remainder of Spring Semester, and all students must move out of the dorms
  • “Safe distancing” is considered to be at least 6 feet between each person; To keep yourself and others safe, you may consider not shaking hands, or hugging, or circling up at the end of a meeting as a very reasonable response to this pandemic
  • Young people may be at lower risk of contracting full-on COVID-19, but they are still capable of spreading it to others in the community; acting on this awareness might literally spare someone’s life, and again, “flatten the curve” so as to make sure all Ohioans can get access to the health care they will need 
  • Along with safe distancing, regular hand washing for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer, and not touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth) are some ways to keep yourself and others safe
  • If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms, such as a fever, cough, or runny nose, do not risk infecting others: Stay home; call your sponsor and members of your support group; call our 24/7 helpline at 614-252-1700; read free NA literature available from this site; attend virtual and phone meetings; meditate, seek connection, and work the steps.

 

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