Idaho Sees Uptick In Alcoholics Anonymous Members
I had the opportunity yesterday to talk with the President of Boise State University, Dr. Marlene Tromp. I was blown away by the conversation and one thing that Dr. Tromp said, really stuck out to me. As we all evaluate and navigate this global pandemic together, I think that we easily see the harms and negative impacts that it may bring about. Distance, solitude, even the jolt in childhood education and development. I have heard so many times, people say the impacts on this developing generation will be immense. It was Dr. Tromp, yesterday, that offered a different lens. While talking about learning and young-adult development at Boise State University--she shared that if anything, this period has offered GROWTH. No generation in recent history has had to be so creative on getting from A to B-- nothing has been conventional. I really appreciated that outlook.
We've see that during the pandemic, some business sales have increased, many have decreased, and one thing has been the cause of many jokes-- the INCREASE in liquor sales here in the State of Idaho. While that joke may be low hanging fruit, there is a layer to that which should be concerning. Have people picked up bad habits and addictions--or rather--have those already struggling, gotten worse?
An article released by Idaho's News Channel 7 just this morning has shared that our local Alcoholics Anonymous groups have seen an uptick. Many believe, this is a good sign.
An avid fan of therapy myself, I can recognize the importance of recognizing a problem and being self-aware.
Because of COVID-19, in-person AA meetings weren't being held in person. I don't know about you but relying on virtual alternatives, while nice to have, just isn't the same. There is such a cruciality to in-person connection.
An uptick in members simply means there are more and more people ready to take on a new, better, healthier chapter right here in the Treasure Valley.
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