Much of the information here is (at best) out of date. The authoritative source for online Al-Anon meetings is on the Al-Anon World Service website: Al-Anon electronic and phone meetings.

The original blog post was created March 15, 2020, and has been updated sporadically since then.

As we are moving into a time of social distancing, where many of our meeting places are closing down, but also when we may be feeling anxious, confused, and scared, we still need meetings.

My Saturday morning meeting met this morning online and by phone using the BlueJeans service. This service has both video and phone capability. This morning, I started out on video, but when it became clear that the internet in my parents' house was not sufficient for video, it was quite easy to switch to phone and stay in the call.

That got me thinking that I should put together a list of online resources for meetings. Here are the ones that I know about. Please comment below or send email to if you have others.

See the comments below for some other links!

Online meeting lists

Resources for creating online meetings

  • BlueJeans is an online conferencing service. It offers a 14-day free trial and is $12.49/month after that, if you pay monthly or $9.99/month if you pay for a whole year. It supports up to 50 participants per call. You can join by video from the app or by phone.
  • Zoom is an online conferencing system. It has a free plan that allows up to 100 participants in a call but is limited to 40 minutes per call. It supports both video in the app and phone call-in. Recently, there's been a lot of attention given to the problem of “zoom bombing”. Here are some tips to reduce the likelihood of this happening to your meeting.
  • Discord is an online chat application used by gamers and others. It has recently expanded its GoLive video chat to support up to 50 people at a time. I have not used Discord.
  • A listener suggested, writing “This is perfectly free and unlimited and crazy easy to use.”

During this time of crisis, I wish you serenity and health. Stay home, wash your hands a lot, get to meetings (online), and be well.

21 comments on “Online meetings

  1. C J says:

    Thank you Spencer!

    Yes these are ‘trying times”and even more than ever we need to keep in contact
    with our fellow recovery family. Thank you for the latest update in the age of CoVid-19.

    Can I also suggest maybe for iPhone and iPad users. ( I’m a Mac guy) that you can also set
    up a group share on FaceTime.Up to 31attendees at any one time – The link and details of which are here –

    Together we are stronger.
    Love, hope and recovery.

    C.J ( Ireland )

    1. Betty says:

      This may be the most important and loving podcast yet….blessings

      1. Diane says:

        I’m so sorry to hear about your father, Spencer. Thank you for posting all of these face-to-face meeting alternatives and for thinking of us in a time of personal sadness.
        Prayers for you and your family. Please take care of yourself.

        Diane M/Las Vegas

  2. Eric B says: Is also a good phone in meeting source.

  3. Leslie P says:

    Hi- we have created a 40 minute zoom meeting Saturday mornings at 9:30-10:10 eastern time. Zoom id 704 783 471. In this meeting, we keep the focus on ourselves, not the alcoholic. We ask if you are a member of other 12-step programs to please refrain from openly revealing such. Thanks!

  4. Kelly says:

    My firm uses a few other alternatives that may work for you and your team of virtual gatherings. Here you go……
    Microsoft Teams, . This one is a good option really if the group is all working with Office 365 online.
    GoToMeeting —
    Skype by MS,

    Hope that helps. -Kelly

  5. laura says:

    my heart, prayers & thoughts are with you.
    Thank you so much for all you do for our community!

  6. Carrie S. says:

    Hello Fellow Travlers.
    Thank you for all the great tools for staying in touch while physically distancing. Sadly, I was too late for Al-anon Without Borders, and it was closed after 1,000 joined. Any suggestions for getting in on the next one?

    ~Carrie S.

    1. The Recovery Show says:

      It appears that the limit for Zoom calls is 1000 participants. It is wonderful to see that so many found it, unfortunate that many more could not participate. I hope it was recorded so that we might be able to listen to it afterwards.

    2. Moira says:

      The numbers seem to have settled at about 500.
      It is on today, then:
      Join Al-Anon without Borders May 23 and 24

  7. Allyson says:

    Our Al-anon District has a paid subscription to Zoom and has at least one meeting per day. Please visit for the meeting schedule.

    1. Karen says:

      THANK YOU!! I was beginning to think there were no electronic resources available in the state of Virginia.

  8. Moira says:

    UK convention:

    US convention:

  9. Susan says:

    Wow, who knew there were meetings outside my County! Great information, thank you so much!
    An alanon friend just told me that Mary Pearl is doing a Monday night meeting currently, going through the steps in The Big Book. Mary Pearl doesnt’ care if its not Alanon approved literature lol. Does anyone know about the Zoom Meeting that’s happening right now?

    1. Gigi says:

      Monday Meeting 7:30pm EST with Mary P:
      Zoom ID: 116 630 899
      PW: RCBB

  10. Teresa Anthony says:

    Im loving this podcast I listen to it most times I am driving to work, Love Eric he gives me so much Serenity and too Spencer, Feeling Blessed

  11. Joe F. says:

    I am located in PA. There are numerous ZOOM meetings in the Delaware Valley Area. Both Virtual and Hybrid Meetings are occurring. My need for personal contact has me attending live meetings where we are hybrid so those still uncomfortable with meeting live can attend and participate. To attend any of these meeting go to AISDV.ORG, click on meetings and you will find an entire list of meetings with links to sign into the meetings.
    Eric, thanks for all you do. The RecoveryShow is my constant companion when I walk and has helped me maintain my program on a daily basis.
    Feeling at peace and grateful for AL-ANON

  12. Mary says:

    I found your podcast by “accident”, but I know it was divine intervention.. Thank you for all you do.. I cry, I laugh, but mostly, I listen and absorb each word and try to apply to my situation.. Spencer, you have a great voice for soothing your audience and keeping the calm during each and every topic.. God Bless!!!

  13. Caroline says:

    30 minute Daily Reader Meeting Everyday
    “Time to Reflect”
    International / South Africa based

    Time zones for the meeting:

    7 – 7:30 am Pacific Time

    10 – 10:30 am Eastern Time

    3 – 3:30pm London UK

    4 – 4:30 pm Europe / South Africa

    ID: 910 0866 0526
    PW: 920940

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Using ODAT, Courage to Change, Hope for Today

    All welcome!

  14. Anne H. says:

    Thank you, Spencer, for including this category of OnLine Meetings on your website. Thanks as well to all who contributed additional information of available on line meetings around the globe. What an invaluable resource that brings relief and connection for all in need. So important!

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