When alcohol impacts you or someone you love...
Alcohol use disorders affect about 18 million people in the United States and has an estimated societal cost of 225 Billion dollars each year, primarily from lost productivity, but also from health care and property damage costs (NIAAA, 2014). In Idaho rates of alcohol abuse for people ages 12-17 are consistently some of the highest in the nation (SAMHSA, 2013). We may or may not be aware of these national statistics about alcohol, but when alcohol is a struggle for you or someone you love the effects can be devastating. “Shame loves secrecy. Shame hates it when we reach out and tell our story.” (The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene’ Brown, 2010) The shame of having a drinking problem or having a loved one who drinks too much can be overwhelming. The only antidote to shame is talking openly about the issue. I have never met anyone who has not had some sort of relationship with a person who struggled with alcoholism; either a family member, themselves, a neighbor or co-worker. Yet as a society we still struggle with acknowledging this disease and acknowledging the effect it may be having on us or our loved ones. We need to seek help.
Help is available in many forms locally or online. There are local AA meetings held in Victor and Driggs if you need support in your own recovery. For more information go to www.idahoarea18aa.org. Mental Wellness Center(MWC) has clinicians who work in their Driggs office who can help you evaluate your drinking behavior (or other substance abuse issues) and help you decide what type of treatment you may need. Mental Wellness Center can be reached at (208)542-1026. There are many clinicians in the TVMHC who would be happy to give you direction or support if you are in need of counseling or just a referral to the appropriate treatment professional.
There are online SMART Recovery meetings, these meetings are self-empowering addiction recovery support group, they are not based on a twelve step model, they focus more on science based tools, learn more at www.smartrecovery.org. They have a local peer support meeting held at MWC in Driggs, it is free and happens on Wednesday night at 6:30pm call Nick for details at (307)250-0365.
Al-Anon meetings are groups for family members and friends of people who have a drinking problem. There are online and telephone meetings as well. Often it is helpful to feel less alone and be provided with more information about alcohol and alcoholism as an illness. Al-Anon meetings are free and you can attend as often or as infrequently as you choose. These groups are spiritually based and are applicable to people regardless of religious beliefs or lack of religious beliefs. These groups are peer supported, they do not give direction or prescribe specific solutions. These groups encourage self discovery and personal growth. The subjects covered will often be about acceptance, overcoming fear, change or one of the Twelve Steps. For more information please go to their website or go to www.al-anon.aateen.org or for recorded information abut meetings in our area call (208) 522-4947 or visit AA and Alanon Support Groups
Please give me a call if I can help you find the proper referral Jen Carter (208)390-0988.
Teton Valley Group Of Alcoholics Anonymous. February, 10, 2014
Driggs American Legion Hall =ALH
Alta, WY- Episcopal Church,= ALTA
Victor – Victor City Hall = VCH
Jackson Meetings – Browse N Buy
(Daily@ noon & 8pm) call (307)733-5322
Idaho Falls- Hot Line (208)524-7729
Swan Valley AA 7:00pm Tue (208)313-2432
Family Safety Network, 120 N 1st E Driggs FSN
South East Idaho hot line 208-524-7729
Driggs AA 7:30 pm ALH
Alanon 6:30pm FSN
Driggs AA 7:30PM ALH
Driggs AA Noon ALH
Alanon 6:30 pm ALH
Driggs AA 7:30 pm ALH Big Book Study
Driggs AA Noon ALH
Alta AA 7:30 pm ALTA literature, last Friday Bday
Victor NA 8:00p VCH
Victor AA 7:30 pm VCH