During this challenging time, we want to ensure that the YMCA Counseling Service is providing you with the tools you need to help you on your recovery journey. We are here to offer resources that are available in the community, from online meetings to helpful tips and more.


Online Zoom Staten Island Meetings

Enter by visiting https://us04web.zoom.us/join and entering the accompanying Meeting ID. Weekly schedule is below:


  • 9:00am First Drink Group ID: 332 338 849
  • 11:00am Conscious Contact ID: 966 023 475 or Dial-In 1-646-558-8656


  • 1:00pm Working with Others ID: 582 775 2656
  • 7:30pm Great Kills Group ID: 491 139 029


  • 2:00pm ID: 492 533 8711
  • 7:30pm First Step Group ID: 169 858 642
  • 7:30pm The Family Afterward Group Big Book Meeting ID: 824 317 483
  • 8:00pm Discussion Meeting ID: 477 778 0626


  • 6:30pm The Promises ID: 446 471 3885


  • 1:00pm Annadale Group ID: 569 952 396
  • 7:00pm Came to Believe ID: 391 531 148
  • 7:00pm Serenity Lounge Group ID: 416 108 769 or Dial-In 1-646-558-8656
  • 8:00pm Fresh Start Group Meeting ID: 203 736 320


  • 12:00pm Daily Reprieve© ID: 465 528 889 PW: 748838
  • 7:00pm PAC Group Meeting ID: 338 006 650
  • 7:30pm The Family Afterward Group (open speaker) ID: 824 317 483


  • 10:30am Good Morning Group ID: 449 082 095
  • 3:00pm Who Booked This Group? ID: 940 983 6790
  • 9:30pm Bill and Bob’s Excellent Adventure ID: 774 074 4030


Additional Online Meetings/Resources

Unity Recovery Digital Recovery Meetings > 
Offering online recovery support groups which will be available four times daily at 9AM, 12PM, 3PM, and 9PM EST.

12 Step Online Meetings >
Offers a variety of online meetings and various other outside resources

Online Intergroup: Alcoholics Anonymous >
Offers online meetings with specialized topics with a variety of meeting formats (i.e. chat, text, e-mail, etc.)

Online Meetings: The Addiction Recovery Room >
Offers a variety of online communications, including chat rooms, message boards, etc., as well as online media and online meetings with specific meeting topics (i.e. cocaine anonymous)

In the Rooms >
Offers online meetings with specialized topics in multiple modalities, including 12-step, non-12 step, over all wellness, and overall mental health

Life Ring >
Provides online meetings using Zoom 7 days a weeks with various speakers

Never Alone Club >
Offers daily online meetings with 24/7 text chat with other members as well as extra resources, such as meditation for NA, relapse prevention, and other recovery-oriented resources

Smart Recovery >
Offers online meetings and an online community with message boards and a chat room

Step Chat >
Offers a variety of meetings based on an already set schedule using text chat

Women for Sobriety >
Offers online support with open forums where women can share and seek support 24/7 plus text messaging support schedules 2 times a day; they also offer phone support

FindTreatment.gov >
Find a treatment facility near you

National Suicide Prevention Line >
1-800-273-TALK (8255) - Free and confidential support for people in distress

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator >
Find treatment centers confidentially and anonymously 24/7

National Helpline >
1-800-662-HELP (4357) - Treatment referral and information 24/7

FREE Crisis Text Line
Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor

Resources for Families from Families Thriving >
Community resources that are frequently updated

Mental Health Support New Yorkers Can Access While Staying Home >
Courtesy of ThriveNYC


Safe Coping Skills

From Seeking Safety: Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy for PTSD and Substance Abuse by Lisa M. Najavits, Ph.D.

  1. Ask for help - Reach out to someone safe 
  2. Inspire yourself - Carry something positive (e.g., poem), or negative (photo of friend who overdosed) 
  3. Leave a bad scene - When things go wrong, get out 
  4. Persist - Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never give up 
  5. Honesty - Secrets and lying are at the core of PTSD and substance abuse; honesty heals them 
  6. Cry - Let yourself cry; it will not last forever 
  7. Choose self-respect - Choose whatever will make you like yourself tomorrow 
  8. Take good care of your body - Eat right, exercise, sleep 
  9. List your options - In any situation, you have choices 
  10. Create meaning - Remind yourself what you are living for 
  11. Do the best you can with what you have - Make the most of available opportunities 
  12. Set a boundary - Say "no" to protect yourself 
  13. Compassion - Listen to yourself with respect and care 
  14. When in doubt, do what's hardest - The most difficult path is invariably the right one 
  15. Talk yourself through it - Self-talk helps in difficult times 
  16. Imagine - Create a mental picture that helps you feel different (e.g., remember a safe place) 
  17. Notice the choice point - In slow motion, notice the exact moment when you chose a substance 
  18. Pace yourself - If overwhelmed, go slower; if stagnant, go faster 
  19. Stay safe - Do whatever you need to do to put your safety above all 
  20. Seek understanding, not blame - Listen to your behavior; blaming prevents growth 
  21. If one way doesn't work, try another - As if in a maze, turn a corner and try a new path 
  22. Link PTSD and substance abuse - Recognize substances as an attempt to self-medicate 
  23. Alone is better than a bad relationship - learn to love your own company
  24. Create a new story - You are the author of your life: be the hero who overcomes adversity 
  25. Avoid avoidable suffering - Prevent bad situations in advance 
  26. Ask others - Ask others if your belief is accurate 
  27. Get organized - You'll feel more in control with lists, "to do's" and a clean house 
  28. Watch for danger signs - Face a problem before it becomes huge; notice red flags 
  29. Healing above all - Focus on what matters 
  30. Try something, anything - A good plan today is better than a perfect one tomorrow 
  31. Discovery - Find out whether your assumption is true rather than staying "in your head" 
  32. Attend treatment - AA, self-help, therapy, medications, groups - anything that keeps you going 
  33. Create a buffer - Put something between you and danger (e.g., time, distance) 
  34. Say what you really think - You'll feel closer to others (but only do this with safe people) 
  35. Listen to your needs - No more neglect, really hear what you need 
  36. Move toward your opposite - E.g., if you are too dependent, try being more independent 
  37. Replay the scene - Review a negative event: what can you do differently next time? 
  38. Notice the cost - What is the price of substance abuse in your life? 
  39. Structure your day - A productive schedule keeps you on track and connected to the world 
  40. Set an action plan - Be specific, set a deadline, and let others know about it 
  41. Protect yourself - Put up a shield against destructive people, bad environments, and substances 
  42. Soothing talk - Talk to yourself very gently (as if to a friend or small child) 


Food Pantries

Food pantries are open and available for distribution across Staten Island.                          Weekly schedule is below:

Project Hospitality                                                                                                                    514 Bay Street 10304
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 9AM-11AM

El Centro del Inmigrante                                                                                                    221 Heberton Avenue, Castleton Avenue Entrance 10302
Thursdays | 5PM-7:30PM

CHASI                                                                                                                                        2134 Richmond Terrace 10302
Tuesdays 10AM-2PM, Wednesdays 12PM-4PM, Fridays 2PM-6PM, & Saturdays 10AM-2PM

Christian Pentecostal Church                                                                                                  900 Richmond Road 10304
Tuesdays & Wednesdays | 6PM-8PM

Stapleton UAME Church                                                                                                          49 Tompkins Avenue 10304
Tuesdays & Fridays | 10AM-1PM

Iglesia Ministerio Rescate                                                                                                        2083 Richmond Terrace 10302
Tuesdays | 11AM-1PM

NYC map of food pantries


Mediation/Yoga Resources


Meditation App resource list

Box Breathing Images 

Breathe In Help


If you are in need of additional information, please contact the YMCA Counseling Service at 718-948-3232.