Some recovery centers in the Lehigh Valley are offering around-the-clock support and virtual meeting options

Written by on April 1, 2020

Some recovery centers in the Lehigh Valley are offering around-the-clock support and virtual meeting options

By Megan Frank

April 1, 2020

Addiction recovery is a delicate balance during the coronavirus crisis. 

For people in recovery,  face-to-face contact in recovery groups can be crucial to staying sober.  For some, help during the coronavirus outbreak is just a click away.

Some recovery centers in the Lehigh Valley are offering around-the-clock support and virtual meeting options. Northampton County Drug and Alcohol has organized virtual sobriety meetings through both of its recovery centers: Change On Third Street in Easton and Change On Main in Northampton, WLVR’s Megan Frank reports.

Northampton County Drug and Alcohol has organized virtual sobriety meetings through both of its recovery centers: Change On Third Street in Easton and Change On Main in Northampton.

Brian Sabo is the program director of both centers. He says in the past, both locations have offered over a dozen in-person sobriety meetings each week. Now, they’re hosting an average of 50 virtual meetings per week.

“We’re acting as a hub to help people find what they need. We’re taking telephone calls and working through social media. We’re coordinating all of the virtual meetings. We’re doing all virtual meetings through the Zoom app. If people want to call me here I can lend an ear and a little bit of hope,” said Sabo.

Sabo says treatment centers in the region are still accepting new clients. 

Special admission protocols may be in place, he says, in order to prevent community spread of COVID-19.


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