Monday, 29 January 2018 05:45

McMan helping those in SE Alta. with substance abuse problems replace bad activities with good ones

Written by  Jamie Rieger
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Replacing old bad activities with fresh, positive ones may be easier said than done, but one Medicine Hat based organization is working on doing just that.

McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association has recently introduced a program that allows people in southeast Alberta who are impacted by substance abuse to meet in a group setting and participate in uplifting, casual gatherings that focus on positive activities.
"It's a way for them to replace some of their negative daily activities with new positive activities," said Kevin Dornian, outreach program supervisor for McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association. "This is a brand new program that we have been in collaboration with the City of Medicine Hat and the Medicine Hat Public Library on it."
McMan Youth, Family and Community Services provide the Mobile Addictions Outreach program to Medicine Hat and surrounding areas (Redcliff, Dunmore, Irvine) which is funded through the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services.
The intent of the program is to provide outreach services to high-risk, street-involved individuals with substance abuse problems as well as supports for their families. The goal is to increase access to information about and participation in addiction treatment programs and services offered in our community and throughout Alberta.  Through this, the Road to Recovery program was formed as a way to create meaningful daily activities in a casual, drop-in setting.
Half a dozen people impacted by substance abuse took part in the first session that was focused on communication and group members were  able to share their life experiences.
Dornian said the feedback he has received from attendees at the first event has been positive.
"I was told it was great and a nice way for them to get out and do something and not just talk about their addictions," he said, adding that family members are also welcome to attend. The program is also open to people of all age groups.
The group is scheduled to meet again from 10:30 am – 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, and Feb. 7. McMan anticipates to continue with the program every Wednesday afterwards.
The group is located in the Legion room at the Medicine Hat Public Library and ends with a group lunch. If you would like more information please call 403-952-6228.
McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association would like to thank the Medicine Hat Food Bank, Medicine Hat Public Library, and Foodland IGA for contributing to the groups success.

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