Covid chaos: support for people in recovery + treatment professionals

We’ve collated the most useful items from
the daily DB Recovery+ News,
specifically for people involved in getting
others into recovery and keeping them there.




>   111 free work tools to help you through the Covid chaos
Many of these are usually paid but have been made free of charge until end June – eg, Zoom, Slack,, LogMeIn, Office 365, Hootsuite and more. Also Humble House videos and free King’s College London coronavirus symptom-tracking app.

>  Virtual recovery support
Social distancing doesn’t have to mean skipping out on your support. In The Rooms is a great place to find a virtual meeting. Check out the infographic from Recovery Research Institute for more resources. Breaking Free is also making its online services free for substance misuse organisations to help manage self isolation and social distancing.

Private Practice Paperwork: Covid-19
In case addiction therapists need help with updating people about your practice policies in relation to Covid-19, Tamara Howell wrote some letter/email templates and had them checked by lawyers. She has also just finished a mini workbook on switching to online therapy. She offers both free.

NAATP, the National Association for Addiction Treatment Providers:
NAATP has published information on Covid-19 as it relates to rehabs: Message from CEO and Keep calm and carry on.

Covid-19 plan for therapists
There are real questions coming up for therapists in private practice related to being prepared. The founders of ZynnyMe offer comprehensive Covid-19 advice for therapists.

National Alliance for Recovery Residences: guidance
NARR has created a list of Covid-19 resources for recovery residences, residents and staff members. It’s a good checklist to see if you need add anything to your existing recommendations.

Recovery Research Institute
Professor John Kelly’s RRI shares: Digital recovery support: online & mobileMobile technology for alcohol use disorderDigital recovery management video, How important are therapists in addiction treatment? (web-based vs clinician delivered CBT), 1st look at InTheRooms.comWeb-based intervention increases abstinence in stimulants not opioidsHow well do web-based interventions work and for whom? and Could online Reddit discussion groups for people with opioid use problems be therapeutic?

This can be our finest hour – let’s show the world what recovery is!
“For many of us in recovery, this is not the 1st, 2nd or 3rd time when our worlds crashed down around us. Every one among us faced immobilizing fear and found our way back into life. We know about overcoming adversity, resilience and service to others. There are few communities better prepared to do the next right thing,”  William Stauffer inspires.

This tip sheet describes resources that can be used to virtually support recovery from mental/substance use disorders . It also provides resources to help local recovery programs create virtual meetings.

EMCDDA: implications of Covid-19 for people who use drugs and for drug service providers
What risks do people who use drugs face during the Covid-19 pandemic? What services will they need? How will professionals working with this group need to adapt on the frontline? These are among the questions in an EMCDDA update published yesterday. See also: Covid-19 and people who use drugsEuropean Centre for Disease Prevention & Control and the WHO updates.

Royal College of Psychiatrists:
Information for psychiatrists and other professionals working in mental health settings.

>  CQC inspectorate:
Routine inspections are suspended in response to coronavirus outbreak.

NHS England:
The latest general information on Covid-19.

The latest advice from Public Health England and other government agencies on Covid-19 as well as specific information for healthcare professionals, residential treatment settings, and more.

Coronavirus advice from Which?
Get the latest news and government advice on Covid-19, alerts to dodgy advice and fake cures, consumer concerns and more.  Also: Beware coronovirus fraud.

10 lessons from eating disorder treatment I can use while self-isolating
“I don’t handle uncertainty well. I’m not great at regulating my emotions when I’m alone. I have dissociative identity disorder and complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Add to that a history of a severe eating disorder and autoimmune illnesses and you might understand my panic aboutCovid-19 and isolation.” So how does Jackie Armstrong cope?