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.

If you or someone you know is looking for Alcoholics Anonymous resources, click HERE.

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Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

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