In July, the alcoholic and addiction groups organised a large gathering in a resort area. It was a very encouraging time for many people.
The government-run psychological help hotline gave the phone number for the support groups to a young man desperately wanting to stop drinking. He was seriously considering suicide when he called the hotline and is receiving help.
Assistance is available…
Alcoholism and addiction continue to be a major issue in Kazakhstan. To assist those suffering with alcoholism and addiction to recover, Russian-language support groups meet eight times a week in our community centre space with around 60 participants. The Kazak language group meets once a week and other alcoholic groups are meeting in another location.
The co-dependency support group with up to 12 participants…mostly of wives of alcoholics…meets in the community centre space on Saturday mornings and is available online so to allow those unable to attend to participate.
These groups also indirectly benefit family members, friends, and employers of those attending.
Printed health promotion literature is displayed on the bulletin board at the community centre for those passing by or waiting for the veterinarian next door.
Sadly, the Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) group for people who grew up in alcoholic families has stopped meeting but hopefully the right leader will be found to restart it.
The alcoholics group still needs to find new locations so that they can expand even more, but they have been unable to find anything.
You can help…
If you wish to assist in changing the lives of those suffering with alcoholism and addiction in Kazakhstan and their families and wider community, please click on “Donate to this Project” in the right sidebar.
All gifts are tax deductible and will benefit this project in their entirety except for bank fees.