Celebrating National Recovery Month during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a unique experience to say the least. The recovery community is one that is accustomed to celebrating with in-person meetings, rallies and walks, but this September in particular has posed both new challenges and opportunities for us. I know that I was disappointed not to be able to receive my 13-year recovery coin at my home group in person.
Announcing this milestone over Zoom wasn’t the same as feeling the energy of a room full of recovering people, just as attending a virtual recovery rally isn’t the same as standing shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of people on the steps of your state capitol.
Despite this, since the onset of the pandemic, I have been moved by the fellowship and community that has sprung up around me. I have witnessed recovery community organizations and recovery houses in my community