A chat room provides a place for people to communicate in real time through a web browser. To join a chat room, users will often select from a variety of rooms and are typically required to register prior to logging on. To “chat”, users type and submit messages that are immediately sent to the chat room for others to view and reply to. Thus real-time chat meetings feel more like face-to-face meetings than communicating via message boards, though some message boards integrate real-time messaging features as well.
Chat meetings are essentially chat rooms than include a chairperson who introduces topics that others in the room provide feedback on. These meetings are scheduled in advance for a specific period of time and usually last 1-3 hours long. At some meetings, an opening and closing statement is also included.
In "voice chat" participants hear each other discuss the meeting topics. With the use of a microphone and speakers, participants can talk and listen in real-tom to others in the room. Users who do not have microphones can participate in the standard chat room fashion by typing their messages in directly.
An AA online chat (24/7) and online AA meeting destination (nightly 10pm EST/GMT -4)
HAMS Harm Reduction Network (hamsnetwork.org)
HAMS is a free of charge peer led support group for people who want to reduce the harm in their lives caused by alcohol or other substances. HAMS offers support via a chat room, an email group, a forum and live meetings. HAMS supports every goal from safer use to reduced use to abstinence from alcohol.
Marijuana Anonymous Online (ma-online.org/chat.html)
This site hosts both chat rooms and online meetings for those recovering from marijuana addiction. Click on Online Meeting Schedule in the left menu bar for a list of ongoing online MA meetings. Click on MA Chatspace in the left menu bar for instructions on how to enter a chat room (specific instructions are provided for those using AOL).
NA Chat (nachat.yolasite.com)
This online community for the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous offers a daily chat room with online NA meetings and support.
NA Chatroom (nachatroom.org)
Based on the 12 step traditions of Narcotics Anonymous, this site offers online meetings seven days a week, open chats, forums and member stories.
NA Recovery (www.na-recovery.org)
NA-Recovery.org is a community of addicts coming together online to share
their experiences. The chat room is open 24/7 and can help people find local
meetings, Narcotics Anonymous literature, and local helplines. The chat
room also hosts online meetings at 10 PM Eastern Standard Time, with a
variety of meeting formats.
Recovery Chat (RecoveryChat.com)
Provides online recovery chat room services for those affected by any form of addiction. Multiple meeting rooms with scheduled meetings as well as user photos and a bulletin board are offered. The site uses a Java-based chat software called Digichat.
The SoberChat chat rooms are open 24 hours a day/7 days a week. They offer virtual meetings on a regular basis. SoberChat categories include an Emergency room, Recovery room, Family room, 12-step Recovery Meeting Room, Family Recovery Meetings, and Sponsor Rooms. Registration is required and is free for the first 24 days. After that there is a yearly membership fee of $32.00.