Quarantined—and Fighting a Disease of Isolation

People who rely on addiction support groups are finding themselves isolated and at risk of relapse amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Alcoholics Anonymous groups taken a range of actions. In Mexico City, meetings have hand sanitizer at the door; in Nairobi, some groups meet in public parks—but others are disbanded entirely. While some can meet online, not all attendees can afford internet access.
 
For many, the AA community is a cornerstone of recovery—and there’s no replacement for face-to-face support.
 
The meetings “made us feel welcomed and loved, so it’s been very difficult since they stopped,” said an AA member in Kenya.
 
Reuters

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