Support groups bring help to patients via webconference applications

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People struggling with addiction may have a hard time finding help in the days of social distancing so support groups have found a way to stay connected through online meetings.

Just as many of us are working from home, support groups and 12-step programs are helping addicts connect via Zoom and other webconference applications.

Gail Paige-Bowman, a clinical social woker in Norwalk, says meetings like AA are being canceled all across the country.

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She says many patients would be losing their safety net if it wasn't for the internet.

Paige-Bowman says one of the most important things when struggling with drugs or alcohol is just sharing with people who you know will understand.

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"To support, to encourage, to give another perspective if you will. That's what AA was built on, one person helping another," saysPaige-Bowman.

Paige-Bowman says nothing is the same as face-to-face, however, she says it will take more than a pandemic to knock you off your path to recovery as long as the first step to getting help is taken.

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