Swan Hills Alcoholics Anonymous Resumes Meetings

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The Swan Hills chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has resumed holding its weekly meetings. The meetings had been cancelled indefinitely last spring due to the uncertainty of COVID-19. Support groups, including AA, are permitted under the current health restrictions as long as attendees remain masked and socially distanced.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought stress, anxiety, financial hardship, and isolation to the lives of many people around the world, including our community. The strict measures that have been put in place to respond to the threat of COVID-19 over the last year have been both instrumental in preventing our healthcare system from being overwhelmed and devastating to the lives of many individuals.

The past year has been extremely hard on those who struggle with addiction and on those who struggle with their mental health. All too often, the two become intertwined as people turn towards addictive behaviours as a way to cope with the state of their mental health. These are precisely the times that a support group like AA could be very beneficial to someone who might be struggling with addiction.

According to their website, AA describes itself as “an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.”

The Swan Hills chapter of AA holds weekly meetings on Thursdays at 7:00 PM. The meetings are held at The Grizzly Den (1 Derrick Crescent, Swan Hills, Alberta). In light of the current COVID-19 health restrictions, meeting attendees will need to be masked and required to maintain social distance. Coffee can not be served at meetings under the current public health orders, but attendees can bring their own coffee in a travel mug. For more information, please call (780) 333-8790 or (780) 333-1599.

Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette