GSO Update on Coronavirus

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GSO Update on Coronavirus

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General Service Office Closure

As a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19), New York State has shut down 100% of operations of “non-essential” businesses/organisations.
The General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. located at 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY is closed, effective March 20, 2020, until further notice.

A.A.W.S. and A.A. Grapevine staff are “teleworking” until further notice as we continue our commitment to serving the A.A. Fellowship. Although we are available to support our membership and groups, these circumstances limit our abilities to be as effective as we would like.

We ask that you please limit your communication with G.S.O. to email or aa.org.
Thank you for your patience as we all work through these difficult challenges. (Posted 3.21.20)


In response to the global outbreak, we do have some general experience regarding how some A.A. groups and members have begun to address this issue.
Many are following social distancing guidelines established by local, state, provincial, and federal officials, while at the same time maintaining their recovery and attending digital A.A. meetings.


By attending digital meetings, groups can focus on A.A.’s primary purpose: to carry its message of recovery to the alcoholic who still suffers.
Many groups have alerted local A.A. offices or hotlines if they are temporarily not meeting in their regular space.

Some groups have shared that they are utilizing digital platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, or conducting conference calls.

A.A. groups are also creating contact lists, keeping in touch by phone, email or social media. Many local A.A. central/intergroup offices, and areas have added information to their websites about how to change a meeting format from 'in-person' to a digital platform.

A.A. in the digital age has certainly taken on a new meaning in these challenging times.

Useful links :

The Big Book and Twelve Steps/Twelve Traditions Book
https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/read-the ... traditions

A.A. Archives and history https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/archives-and-history

https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/videos-and-audios

Visit www.aa.org for up-to-date information

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Thank you for the update Jojo. Much appreciated :D

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JoJo, do you have the link for this info from GSO? I'd like to be able to share it with my groups. Thanks for keeping us informed!!

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GSO updates can all be found on the official sites:

Visit www.aa.org for up-to-date information


UK Site:

https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk ... virus-News

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Thanks!
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MyNameIsBetsy wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:23 pm
Thanks!
You are most welcome.

We are seeing an increasing volume of requests to our 12 Step Committee, with many seeking information on face to face alternatives.

We are discouraging individuals from contacting the emergency helpline numbers for updates on meeting access. We urgently need to keep these available for 12 Step calls.

I recommend regularly checking the updates on national and local websites.

Anyone is welcome to contact me for any further assistance.

We need to stay connected in these challenging times.

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Re: GSO Update on Coronavirus

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23rd March GSO UPDATE


A.A. Groups Using Digital Platforms to Find Sobriety During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Virtual Meetings, Email, Phone, Social Media

Allow Message of Recovery to Carry On —

ONE DAY AT A TIME March 23, 2020 


The General Service Office (G.S.O.) of Alcoholics Anonymous for the U.S./Canada functions as a repository for A.A. members and groups who are looking for shared experience from the A.A. Fellowship. As the global situation related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, G.S.O. is fully committed to its role as an important resource center to help navigate this unprecedented public health emergency.

It is important to note, G.S.O. is not an authoritative body over A.A. groups, nor does it initiate rules or directives, as each A.A. group and entity is autonomous and decisions are made through an individual group conscience. Providing guidance on health issues is outside the scope of the A.A. sharing that G.S.O. offers. For anyone experiencing health and safety questions, it is suggested they contact national, state/provincial and local health authorities for appropriate information.

However, in response to the global outbreak, the office does have some general experience regarding how some A.A. groups and members have begun addressing this issue. Many are following ‘’social distancing’’ guidelines established by local, state/provincial and federal officials, while at the same time maintaining their focus on recovery and facilitating digital A.A. meetings.

By attending digital meetings, group members can focus on A.A.’s primary purpose: to carry its message of recovery to the alcoholic who still suffers. Many groups have alerted local A.A. offices or hotlines if they are temporarily not meeting in their regular physical space. Some groups have shared that they are utilizing digital platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, or conducting conference calls.

A.A. groups and members are also creating contact lists, keeping in touch by phone, email or social media. Many local A.A. central/intergroup offices and area service structures have added information to their websites about how to change a meeting format from “in-person” to a digital platform.

A.A. in the digital age has certainly taken on a new meaning in these challenging times, reminding its members and those searching for help that A.A. is not just a “place,” but exists in the hearts, minds and help offered.

For the most up to date meeting information, please visit “A.A. Near You” for local A.A. resources: https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-aa-resources

Anyone who may be seeking help with a drinking problem may visit www.aa.org for information about A.A.Options for meetings online: https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/options- ... ing-online

For information on the A.A. Online Intergroup https://www.aa-intergroup.org/

Understanding Anonymity: https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/understanding-anonymity

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Thank you so much JoJo!

I went to my first Virtual meeting of my homegroup last night. It was SO good to see faces! Of course it was missing the usual "chemistry" of sorts, but I love them all so much. It was SO Healing and hopeful to try it out - against my fear of technology and disdain for my photographic image... by the end of the hour my fears mattered but a little.
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Re: GSO Updates / Online Meetings

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All updates from GSO can be found on the official sites below.

Includes Alternatives to Face to Face and Directory of existing Online Meetings.

e-AA has Forums discussion and an email meeting available 24/7.

Daily Reflection posted here Daily

http://www.e-aa.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=26


We also have our Temporary Sponsor facility which is currently receiving a very high volume of requests.

Our Forums venue ( here !) is well worth staying close to as you can read and contribute whenever you wish to accommodate all our time zones.
 
You will find an extensive range of recovery topics, suggestions for working the Twelve Steps,  a forum for newcomers and much more.
http://www.e-aa.org/forum/

Please note:

When you visit the Forums, you will see 'Quick Links' top left and can select 'Active Topics'.


You can subscribe here to our email Recovery Meeting and receive regular readings and an ongoing Big Book Study:

http://e-aameetings.org/mailman/listinf ... etings.org

All updates from GSO can be found on the official sites below.


The following approved link may also be helpful for our Intergrgroup Online Directory of Meetings:  
 http://www.aa-intergroup.org/directory.php  

Visit www.aa.org for information about A.A.Options for meetings online: 

Updates on Coronavirus situation in regard to AA meetings and online options will be found here:

https://aa.org/pages/en_US/update-on-co ... oronavirus  

UK   www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk


https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk ... virus-News    

Video/Audio

https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/videos-and-audios

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