Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in BC

AA meetings are excellent aftercare support options for people in recovery. The listing is detailed to help you or your loved one find an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in British Columbia. Always confirm the time and location to make sure it is still available.

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List of AA Meetings in British Columbia

The information below will help you on how to find an AA meeting in British Columbia. Since meetings change regularly, the list may be inaccurate. If you need more information on a specific meeting, please visit the website provided with that meeting.

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Alcoholism is a serious problem in British Columbia. Everyone knows that it affects the person who is addicted to alcohol and that it also hurts the people who love the addict. What the general population often fails to consider is the ripple effect the alcohol addiction has on the entire province of British Columbia. The higher the number of people who are addicted to alcohol gets the more drunk driving accidents there are going to be, the unemployment rate will increase, as will the number of homeless. Because many people who are addicted to alcohol are unable to maintain steady employment, the amount of petty crime that the province experiences also increases.

In addition to the effects that the alcoholism has on the province of British Columbia, alcoholics put a huge toll on the federal budget as well. A long term addiction to alcohol usually has a pretty devastating effect on a person’s health, which means that they require more health care than someone who only drinks moderately or not at all.

Programs like the Alcoholics Anonymous program in British Columbia are going a long way towards making sure that the number of addicts doesn’t get out of control. The program uses a twelve-step plan to help an addict become a recovering addict. Although there is a 64% failure rate, that means more than thirty percent are able to overcome their addiction to alcohol and become productive members of British Columbia’s society. Alcoholics Anonymous considers each success story a huge victory.

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Many of the government-run alcohol rehabilitation programs in British Columbia encourage the addicts they are counseling to plan on becoming involved with the Alcoholics Anonymous program once the program has ended. The reason for this is simple. Even when you add the amount of time a person spends in both a short term residential program and an outpatient program, they have only received about 120 days of counseling. This really isn’t enough counseling to overcome long term alcohol abuse. By having a support system like the Alcoholics Anonymous the person dramatically increases their chances of staying sober.

The great thing about the Alcoholics Anonymous program is that it is an international program. Just because a person might not be in British Columbia when they suddenly feel the need for a drink doesn’t mean that they are on their own. All they have to do is visit the areas AA website and they will have immediate access to all the meetings in the area. They can go to any one of these meetings. Some people find that the distraction of the meeting is sometimes the only thing they need to quench the urge to drink.

The Alcoholics Anonymous program in British Columbia and the rest of the world has a long history of success; however, it can only work if the addict is committed to kicking their habit. If a person is only going through the motions they will not get anything out of the program.

CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ARTICLE

Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

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