As someone who’s recovering from past substance use, it’s been difficult not being able to go to my support group meetings. I’ve been sober for a year and a half now and I intend to work very hard not to let COVID-19’s impact get in the way of my recovery. That’s not to say it hasn’t been a struggle. Even though I’m able to attend my meetings online, it simply doesn’t achieve the same emotional support as an in-person interaction would. I enjoyed getting to know the people in my recovery meetings, being able to hug them after a particularly difficult session and bask in our togetherness.

I’m grateful to still be able to talk to my therapist at Larkin Street through the phone and still receive support from my case manager whenever I need them. I’m continuing to do my public speaking classes online through CCSF which is also tough given that it requires in-person experience to effectively learn the material. I haven’t been able to do any drag shows which was a special way for me to express myself and build self-esteem. Unlike some of my peers, I’m fortunate to be able to keep my job at Community Housing Partnership. Through all this, I’m learning how to be patient and understanding even as I struggle with these changes that the pandemic has brought.