AA and Alanon Support Groups

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

SUNDAY
Driggs AA 7:30 pm ALH
Alanon 6:30pm FSN

MONDAY
Driggs AA 7:30PM ALH

TUESDAY
Driggs AA Noon ALH
Alanon 6:30 pm ALH

WEDNESDAY
Driggs AA 7:30 pm ALH Big Book Study

THURSDAY

FRIDAY
Driggs AA Noon ALH
Alta AA 7:30 pm ALTA literature, last Friday Bday
Victor NA 8:00p VCH

SATURDAY
Victor AA 7:30 pm VCH