This Week “Alcoholics Anonymous ” [March 19th 2017]

There are many ministries happening right in our midst about which not all of us are aware. Guides and Pathfinders are among those, as is the weekly community chess league for young people and the life-long learning group for seniors. But also, three times a week, people gather at St. Stephen’s to find support for their recovery from addictions, or support for their life living with an addict.

Alcoholics Anonymous has a long history as “an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem.” It was started in the 1930’s by a doctor and a businessman, both alcoholics. They applied Christian principles to addictions and created Twelve Steps to assist alcoholics to live a sober life “in recovery” (AA never calls a sober alcoholic “recovered”, only “in recovery”).

The Twelve Steps proved so useful to alcoholics that they were applied to other addictions as well, such as drugs (Narcotics Anonymous), sex (Sex Addicts Anonymous), food (Overeaters Anonymous), and gambling (Gamblers Anonymous). The Steps also provide support for the partners and families of addicts, helping them cope with the unique stresses of living with an addict. This group is called Al Anon.

Numbers are hard to come by (AA, after all, relies on anonymity) but it is estimated that AA has helped well over 2 million alcoholics worldwide. Some of those in recovery, along with their family members, have found new life in groups that meet here at St. Stephen’s. We are proud to be their home.

SW Serenity AA

Sundays, 8:30 pm

Lower Hall

Open Group (show up)

 

Tillicum Al-Anon

Tuesdays, 8:00 pm

Canterbury Room

For family and friends of problem drinkers–

Find understanding & support

 

Explorer AA Group

Wednesdays, 8:30 pm

Lower Hall

Open Group (show up)

 

AA Help Line & Email

403-777-1212

[email protected]

www.calgaryaa.org

  

Al-Anon Help Line

403-266-5850

www.al-anon.org

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