Are you really able to work the OA program through virtual meetings?
Yes. Many members have found recovery through virtual meetings. Many others find that a combination of virtual and face-to-face meeting attendance in the course of a week works best for them.
Does OA have online meetings? What about telephone meetings?
Yes. Go to our Find a Meeting page for information and assistance in finding an online or telephone meeting.
How big are telephone and online (virtual) meetings?
The numbers may vary from a few members to over 200. You can attend a variety of virtual meetings to find one that you are comfortable with.
How do I find an OA telephone meeting?
OA telephone meetings are listed on the Find a Meeting page. The meeting description will include the phone number and the access code.
How do I log in to an online meeting?
Different online meetings have different sign-in instructions. There is a meeting URL listed for each online meeting. Enter that URL into your Internet browser. Then, refer to “Login Procedures” under the “Open Details” link for specific instructions. An email address and/or a telephone number is listed, if you would like more information. The Virtual Region website offers step by step instructions.
How do telephone and online meetings work?
They are similar to face-to-face meetings, but connect through the phone or computer. For phone meetings, you’ll dial a number and enter a pin number to join the meeting. Then the moderator will tell when it is appropriate to speak and lead you through the format. An online meeting functions like a chat room or video meeting. Again, a moderator will lead you through the meeting. Each telephone and online meeting has its own practices and protocols. These will become clear when you attend. Thousands of OA members participate in these meetings.
Is the telephone meeting format different from the face-to-face meeting format?
Most virtual meeting formats are similar to face-to-face meeting formats. Although meeting formats vary, the differences between telephone and face-to-face meetings are not significant.
When can I ask questions or talk to other members at a virtual meeting?
After the meeting ends, the line stays active and members may stay on to chat. This is no longer an official OA meeting. It is similar to what happens after a face-to-face meeting has ended and members gather informally to socialize.