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 address. These meetings are scheduled in advance for a specific period of time and are usually 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-time 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)
12 Step Online
12 Step Online provides 5+ scheduled 12-Step meetings every day and 24/7 recovery chat in their chat rooms. They have rooms for AA, NA, Al-Anon, Nar-Anon and Christian.
HAMS Harm Reduction Network
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, and live meetings. HAMS supports every goal from safer use to reduced use to abstinence from alcohol. Their deaily chat is schedule for 9 P.M.EST , 6 P.M. PST.
Marijuana Anonymous Online
This site hosts both chat rooms and online meetings for those recovering from marijuana addiction. Click on Meeting Schedule in the left menu bar for a list of ongoing online MA meetings. Click on Chatroom/Meetings in the left menu bar for instructions on how to enter a chat room.
This online community for the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous offers a daily chat room with online NA meetings and support.
Based on the 12 step traditions of Narcotics Anonymous, this site offers online meetings seven days a week, open chats, forums and member stories.